The importance of taking care of your mental health right now.

(Blog Post 3 – Great North Counseling Services – MASC2690: Public Relations – Nathan Datres)

With everyone being stuck inside due to the Stay-In-Place measures set by states governors, people are restricted from carrying out their typical routines and daily lives. Being away from these aspects of our lives that we grown so used to can be detrimental to our mental health and with social distancing measures in place, we can’t actively see people as much as we used to. With everything that’s going on, the biggest priority that we here at Great North Counseling has is to make sure that your health is priority #1.

With that being the case, we have continued to remain open for our patients to continue to receive treatment and care over the phone, using our telehealth counseling sessions, and through our client portal. Our telehealth counseling sessions are HIPA compliant and you have our confidence that your privacy isn’t breached. Our staff is working hard to bring you the services that you need to remain healthy and happy.

With these measures in place, we hope that our patients will continue to reach out and that more will reach out to us who need our services at this time. We must work and stick together during these tough times. We urge you to please contact us or seek help if you determine that you need our services.

Please visit our contact page for more information on how to contact us:

(218) 214-6096; The office phone will be answered Tuesday through Friday (9am-7pm) for scheduling.

How to continue to feel normal during the Covid-19 Pandemic:

(Blog Post 2 – Great North Counseling Services – MASC2690: Public Relations – Nathan Datres)

Feeling Normal is something that is hard for all of us to do during this pandemic. Our routines have been messed up beyond belief and now we’re stuck inside stewing in our mental health and not knowing what to do or how to cope. First things first. Do. Not. Worry. We will get through this together and come out stronger than before. We’ve put together a short list of things that can help you regain some normalcy to life now.

  1. Stay in touch with your family and friends:
  • With the internet at our fingertips it is super easy to stay in touch with your loved ones, whether its just chatting or sharing jokes over social media or using Skype or Zoom to contact them and have a video call. Using these different methods of communication will allow you to still talk to and see your friends while everyone is stuck inside.

2. Go Outside:

Lake Bemidji
  • Many people think that the Stay-In-Place order is restricting us from going outside and enjoying these beautiful Minnesotan spring days, well it isn’t! Go outside, go on walks with your family, go on a bike ride around Lake Bemidji or on biking paths. Going outside is not just a step toward normalcy again, but also is just good for us. Staying cooped up inside all day isn’t the healthiest.

3. Schedule or Look into Tele-Therapy:

  • While you’re stuck inside, you also have access to the option of working hands on over the internet with someone to help you in a more… electronically hands on way. We here at Great North Counseling Services are committed to making sure we maintain as much care as possible, your health is a priority. We are available over the telephone, our client portal, and for telehealth sessions.

Contact Us At:

(218) 214-6096 – Office Hours Tuesday through Friday (9am-7pm)

3 Easy Tips to ease your Depression, Anxiety, and Stress During Stay-In-Place:

(Blog Post 1 – Great North Counseling Services – MASC2690: Public Relations – Nathan Datres)

With the Covid-19 Pandemic sweeping through the nation and the mandatory state-wide Stay-In-Place order keeping us indoors, we are cut off from the things we hold dear in life, loved ones, family, and friends. It also cuts us off from going about our regular routines, like going to the gym, our favorite restaurants, or even to see your therapist. In order for you to try and feel normal again, we have made a list of 3 easy tips for trying to ward of depression, stress, and anxiety while your stuck inside.

  1. Limit your social media use:
  • During these times it is more important than ever to stay in touch with your family and friends, and it’s easy to do so through social media. Especially, if there’s nothing else to do. But, with the amount of polarizing and negative opinions on social media it can be overwhelming and detrimental to your mental health. We recommend limiting your social media usage to an hour or two a day in order to separate yourself from the negativity online.

2. Start a hobby:

  • Are you in need of more things to do while stuck at home? Have you tried starting and learning a new hobby? Hobbies can be as easy as doing puzzles more often, learning to bake or cook better, or even starting a garden or knitting. By starting a hobby, you can keep yourself busy while stuck inside and you come out with something cool to impress your friends with.

3. Do Some Stretches

  • Doing stretches is an easy and sure-fire way to get some exercise in while stuck inside. Stretching can improve your flexibility and posture, as well as helps with stress relief and helps you calm your mind. Why not do some stretches either in the morning or at night before bed?

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