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How to protect your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

Emily Morrison

Emily Morrison, the community relations coordinator with Mental Health and Recovery of Licking and Knox Counties, spoke this week about how to protect your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.

As the coronavirus pandemic has swept across America and infiltrated Ohio, many local residents are following the advice of Gov. Mike DeWine and state health director Amy Acton and staying home.

In doing this, many are experiencing a tremendous lifestyle change. People who used to spend their days with co-workers and friends – eating at local restaurants, going to the gym and seeing movies – are now spending their days at home, either by themselves or with family.

It’s unclear how long we’ll need to self-isolate to fight this pandemic. But one thing is clear: we will need to get creative to stay mentally and physically healthy during this time.

This week, reporter Grant Pepper spoke with three local experts about how to stay healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Today, we will cover mental health. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about dietary tips. And Friday, we’ll talk about physical fitness.

Our first guest on this expert local health panel is Emily Morrison. She’s the community relations coordinator with Mental Health and Recovery of Licking and Knox Counties, and she’s going to give you five tips for enhancing your mental health while staying at home, as well as five ways you can help others, from a mental health perspective, during this time.

We hope you’ll find these conversations helpful as we try to navigate these unprecedented times together.

For more local coronavirus coverage: https://www.knoxpages.com/news/covid19/

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Grant is a 2018 graduate of Ohio Northern University, where he studied journalism and played basketball. He likes coffee, books and minor league baseball. He loves telling stories and has a passion for local news.