Mifflin County Communities That Care

It's not over yet, folks

2020 has been a year of unprecedented challenges for all. Many people have had to adapt to new ways of living like working longer hours to meet the increased need for services in the healthcare and behavioral health, working remotely, or not working at all. Teachers have had to adapt to delivering education remotely, and parents have had to become "a teacher" in their own home to help their children. Small business owners have made sacrifices and changes to their service delivery methods. The list could go on and on. I am not sure there is anyone in our community that has not be affected in some way by this ongoing pandemic. Stress, anxiety, depression, and other emotional trauma are having a big impact on many community members, young and old alike. Add the fact that COVID-19 numbers are climbing to new highs, we are faced with the reality that the end to this pandemic and any hope for returning to normal is still far away!

The need to support, encourage, and be kind to our neighbors and boost our own resilience has never been higher.

To learn more about boosting resilience, check out the article,

  • 8 science-backed ways to boost resilience during the COVID-19 crisis, by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic .

    He details why these eight things are important:

    • Find meaning
    • Get a mentor
    • Practice mindfulness
    • Get more sleep
    • Stay physically active
    • Embrace optimism
    • Remember the power of humor
    • Make an effort to project strength

    If you feel DISTRESS from other types of loss or change

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may feel grief due to loss of a job; inability to connect in-person with friends, family or religious organizations; missing special events and milestones (such as graduations, weddings, vacations); and experiencing drastic changes to daily routines and ways of life that bring comfort. You may also feel a sense of guilt for grieving over losses that seem less important than loss of life. Grief is a universal emotion; there is no right or wrong way to experience it, and all losses are significant.

    Here are some ways to cope with feelings of grief:

    • Acknowledge your losses and your feelings of grief.
      • Find ways to express your grief. Some people express grief and find comfort through art, gardening, writing, talking to friends or family, cooking, music, gardening, or other creative practices.
    • Consider developing new rituals in your daily routine to stay connected with your loved ones to replace rituals that have been lost.
      • People who live together may consider playing board games and exercising together outdoors.
      • People who live alone or are separated from their loved ones may consider interacting through phone calls and apps that allow for playing games together virtually.
    • If you are worried about future losses, try to stay in the present and focus on aspects of your life that you have control over right now.
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    Mission: Through community collaboration, CTC will provide positive prevention initiatives to engage youth and families in supporting a safe and healthy community.

    Vision: Mifflin County will be a positive, healthy, thriving community for our youth and families.