We're here for you

The COVID-19 pandemic may have changed our lives, but it will not change our compassion for you. Covenant Family Solutions is offering Telehealth services for people needing help with their mental health during this difficult time. This webpage will be regularly updated with resources to you to help cope with the quarantine and social distancing that may have you feeling anxious or alone. If you have any questions or need help, please contact our main office at 319-261-2292. We will get through this together.

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Weekly tip to beat the COVID-19 blues

Get active! It’s easy to fall into a rut of spending all day on electronics with most summer events and activities cancelled. But, exercise is a key component of mental wellness. Find 30 minutes each day, to get active. Take a walk, work out, or go for a hike. You will feel better and your body will thank you.

Quick Guide to Surviving the Quarantine

It is normal to have some anxiety about this type of illness. These tips will help you take control of your situation.

Exercise. Physical and mental health are connected.  Sometimes the best thing we can do to cope with anxiety, depression, stress, tension and the like is to get moving. Go for a walk, wear out the carpet on your stairs, or stream some yoga instruction.

Routine. As much as we can, we should try to maintain the same routines we had before we knew what Covid-19 was. Get up at the same time, go to bed at the same time, shower like usual, maybe even put on your work (from home) clothes!  Structure, consistency, and predictability are conducive to a healthy state of being.

Limit Input. Watching the news 24/7 and reading Covid-19 updates nonstop is enough to make any of us overwhelmed and scared. Find a few reputable news sources and stay updated but limit it to a few times a day. 

Stay Connected. Social distancing is the call of the day, but that just means physically, not emotionally and psychologically. Stay in touch with your loved ones, call your friends, set up some video chats with the co-workers you no longer see regularly, and yell at your neighbor from the front steps.  Humans are wired to be relational and we may need to be a little more intentional about that than usual during these times.

We Want to Keep You Safe

There are a growing number of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 in Iowa. To help keep our clients and staff safe and healthy, we have increased our efforts to sanitize work spaces and disinfect touch points. We are cleaning the throughout the day, and doing a deeper cleaning outside of business hours. That being said, the safest option is to take advantage of teletherapy. Our secure Telehealth system is available for both therapy and medication management services. 

The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough, and shortness of breath. You should seek medical advice if you have been in contact with someone known to have the virus or have recently traveled to an affected area experiencing ongoing spread. There are several things you can do to mitigate the transmission of illness. These include coughing into your elbow (or covering your face with a tissue), cleaning your hands regularly with soap and water (or hand sanitizer), and contain germs by staying home if you are sick. Also, you should try to avoid touching your face with unwashed hands and throw away any used tissues into no-touch receptacles if possible.

Our management team at Covenant Family Solutions is monitoring the situation and working to make sure we have the necessary information to aid in our decision making as the situation changes. As the situation evolves, we will continue to keep you up to date on what we know and about our planned response.  If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact our main office at 319-261-2292.

Tips from our team

back to school during covid
Parenting
Amber Bennett, LMHC, RPT

Back to School…or Virtual School

You may be in the process of deciding whether or not to send your kids to school in person or mentally preparing yourself for another round of virtual education. Trust that you will make the best decision you can for your children and your family.

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family connecting with loved ones during COVID-19
Mindfulness
Rachel Van Wickle, TLMFT

5 Steps to Care for Your Mental and Emotional Health during COVID-19

Whatever you’re experiencing be sure to take a moment to name and recognize the emotion, with curiosity, not judgement. The bottom line is that we are all going to have different emotional responses to the current crisis in front of us. As written by author Nicki Peverett, “we are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”

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boredom
COVID-19
Rodney Dieser, Ph.D., LMHC

Overcoming Boredom During COVID-19

Research demonstrates that people can remedy stress if they laugh more (casual leisure), find a hobby (serious leisure), and engage in meaning-making activities, such a volunteering in community or toward social causes (project-based leisure). So, where do you start?

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COVID-19 Information Resources

We have reviewed these links and have found them to be reputable sources of information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We remind you to limit the amount of information you read/watch each day. Spending all waking hours of the day getting updates on the virus will leave you overwhelmed and scared. Moderation is key.