Coronavirus: Mental Health and Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus: Mental Health and Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic has changed daily life in unprecedented ways. Dr. Peter Yellowlees, Chief Wellness Officer for UC Davis Health, discusses the importance of dealing with stress and mental health during difficult times and answers questions from patients and viewers. This was recorded before mask mandates were implemented.

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0:00 The importance of social distancing
1:06 What does social distancing do on a societal level?
2:15 Why is social distancing harder for some people?
3:45 How do you know when you have too much anxiety?
4:35 How can you keep anxiety at a reasonable level?
5:35 An app to help manage anxiety
6:15 How can you stay socially distanced and promote mental wellness?
9:01 When should you see a doctor about anxiety?
10:15 Telehealth and video visits
13:15 Maintaining wellness while working from home
14:05 Creating routines when working from home
14:41 Managing stress with a family at home
15:35 How important is physical activity for mental health?
17:01 What are health care workers going through?
18:35 How do you support health care workers?
19:34 Cut yourself some slack

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  1. Idea Generation Station on June 15, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    amazing video
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  2. Yasser ALG on June 15, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I thought I was immune to the psychological effects of lockdown because I am an introvert and a gamer … but I am starting to lose it after four months of curfew/lockdown. I am going crazy mentally and sunk into depression … even introverts need social interaction

  3. Leulsegd Wakene on June 15, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    This very important video lesson and should be given in the beginning of COVID-19. Thanks, though it given at this time.

  4. Raphaela Hons on June 15, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Testa have shown a cough and a sneeze can travel well past 6 feet and linger in the air, esp indoors. ( that looks less than 6).

  5. Flips only on June 15, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Me: 2020 is gonna be my year
    Coronavirus: let’s ruin this guys life shall we?

  6. dum monkey on June 15, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    What could help America’s mental well this is to get all the information that is wrong off of the TVs the radios and YouTube about the covid-19 we are pounded with it as a daily dose how many people died do this do that the only ones we should be listening to is scientists that know what they are talking about don’t watch the news don’t watch the talk shows anybody that’s talking about covid-19 ignore it unless they’re telling you there is a cure I have been doing that I’ve been staying home I wear a mask when I go to the store to get groceries other than that I stay at home which I have been doing all along enjoy your day don’t listen to the news they just stress you out more thank the media add information

  7. Jackie Joyce on June 15, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    I wish there were any videos on YouTube about how to live through this pandemic without feeling like you’re in a prison. If you try to look for certain information it just takes you to “what covid symptoms feel like” 🙄 K…but how do we live other than social distancing and washing our hands?

  8. kevtarzan on June 15, 2021 at 10:58 pm

    👀 also seek medical medication if you think you have serious mental problems, or even check your state if they allow recreational marijuana.

  9. jessiehendrikse _ on June 15, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    I hate this so much, i’am a 14 y.o and last half year/8 month’s I’ve started to go back into society and not sitting all day in home. Since January/februari I’ve overwon my depression. But this quarantine has been killing me fr. atm I feel so lonely and feel like I have 2 good friends left :/

  10. KEMO SAAB on June 15, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    What about financial anxiety funny how the government and their think tanks like this Putz aren’t giving real answers! Lies! Fuck your technology! And attempt to harness the minds and souls of humans! Fuck u

  11. m z on June 15, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    You are no expert I am the expert we have all this fear because of high cost of living!!!!!!!!!! And not freezing the rents and not paying enough 1200 that’s where the fear comes from high cost of living

  12. Embrace Nature on June 15, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    Please stay six feet apart or wear a mask. If you can touch fingertips you are too close.

  13. Will Huang on June 15, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Sam Healy made a career switch

  14. Ak Khan on June 15, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    I am having nonstop panic attacks im going crazy my world is blocked im nonstop state of fear i can’t sleep or eat i have no idea how long can i continue like this l😔

  15. Sally Kasper on June 15, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    This is a great video. Very informative and so relevant. Thank you very much.

  16. Ƶaii • 4 years ago .  ٖ on June 15, 2021 at 11:05 pm

    i been fighting for so long.

  17. Lea Khrisna De Luna on June 15, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    This video was really helpful in coping up with Mental health due to covid19..Thank you

  18. You Can Call Me Al on June 15, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    I am so broken since I lost my job 7 months back. Been living on toast for 5 months. Selling my PS4 next month too pay the rent. I try and stay strong but in truth I am so lonely a lot of the time, I was never outgoing but no human contact and no where to go is really getting to me, I don’t really know how to fix it. I am really struggling. But from seeing other peoples channels on Youtube I know I’m not in it alone. Anyone who has lost the will to go on, I reccommend you watch other peoples stories on Youtube to help realise your not alone, they help me so much. One day when I can afford a camera I will make a video on my channel of my story through these dark times, I know I’m going to make it through these dark days. Stay strong guys, one day we will be through this hell.

  19. Jesse on June 15, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    You also didn’t mention the huge chance of contracting other diseases while in a hospital.

  20. This Humble Hearth on June 15, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    As a mother to a three year old and an eight month old whose partner is still working six days a week, I can tell you that motherhood was certainly not meant to be done in isolation. This shit is rough.

  21. Michelle Despres on June 15, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    What do you do when those you are trapped inside with all day every day are miserable and mean and suck the very essence from your soul? There is no escape. I am now at the point where I’ve accepted defeat. I hope my out of control 17 yr old daughter does bring the virus home and that it kills me so I don’t have to endure this pointless struggle anymore.

  22. Michelle Burkholder on June 15, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Oh gee I guess there’s something wrong with your brain you need a addictive and dangerous drug for the rest of your life. I have absolutely no faith the mental health industry.

  23. Alejandro Diaz Lopez on June 15, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    This video gave me comfort ❤️ thank you UC Davis!

  24. Success mantra train and succeed on June 15, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Great presentation

  25. Past Substance on June 15, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    I just downloaded the app that will help me not just because of the pandemic but for other reasons too. Thank you so much Dr. Peter Yellowlees!

  26. Health Shop Plus on June 15, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    I see people trying hard to adapt to the current conditions but no one seems to fully understand the impact of isolation and social deprivation. What does the future look like for most of us, that is the question.

  27. ds electroshock on June 15, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Mental health issues secondary to Covid may be met with procedure called ECT. Learn about this at ectjustice.

  28. monica on June 15, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Can you make a video about anxiety coming out of quarantine? PLEASE!!

  29. Geeta Singh on June 15, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Gita singh

  30. Edward Bliss on June 15, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Mental health? Try gout attacks and an inguinal hernia

  31. Purplegum on June 15, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    My mental health is so bad. everyone is home now and drama is bound to happen. a lot of things aren’t the same and its even harder when you’re pregnant. i miss working and its even more difficult right now since i am at risk due to being pregnant all I do is lay down and its not healthy for my mental health and well being. I legit wish i did not wake up somedays. I don’t know how im gonna bring a baby into this mess. It makes me super depressed

  32. stephon jones on June 15, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    Good to know

  33. Kafui Dey on June 15, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Good job. Great, practical tips

  34. John on June 15, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    I’ve lost my father, my apartment, my car and my job. All due to Covid-19. Yet, I’m one of the happiest person’s on earth.

  35. Elle Maio on June 15, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    My time was difficult too. My mental stability got worse overall. But what I can say is that this lockdown saved me from completely breaking down because my social environment made me feel bad about myself. So when the Lockdown happened I actually started to feel a little better about myself.
    Now that it’s over (in germany), it has gotten much, much worse since I just wanted to go back to laying in bed all day. Idk if someone can relate.
    Best wishes to everybody’s mental and physical health <3 stay safe yall

  36. Michelle Burkholder on June 15, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    I guess there’s something wrong with everybody’s brain now. I have done well to stay the hell away from you dope pushers. I’ve been though my apocalypses already this ain’t jack Doodoo. I will be nice to people I know what everyone is going through. And take the evil doctor dope

  37. KEMO SAAB on June 15, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    Fear fear fear eat it up people just like terrorism. Google god you all in a head wrap. Dummies

  38. Guy Hancock on June 15, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    To anyone reading this, check out my journey.. I hope it helps someone somewhere

  39. Crena pun on June 15, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Awsome video. Tq for info.its really heplful 🙂

  40. Barbara Shissias on June 15, 2021 at 11:28 pm

    Excellent video! Great information and very well moderated. Thank you Doctor and UC Davis!

  41. Ricardo Calles on June 15, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    Whenever I am feeling stressed out by the Coronavirus, I just play some Three Beat Slide music and my anxiety disappears…It’s like some kind of magical drug that makes me feel happy again

  42. j en on June 15, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    i’m gonna find morphine and kill myself as soon as possible. this is not the planet i grew up on. i do not know what is going on but i know it is not normal and will not change. i do not know who is behind this but someone is. me, i plan to die asap

  43. Abhishek Adhikari on June 15, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    We have started this initiative.

    As we all know each one of us is dealing with anxiety or depression in some way or the other, this is a forum to help each other out by sharing our experiences and let go of the unseen pain.
    Trust yourself. You’ve survived a lot, and you’ll survive whatever is coming.

  44. J S on June 15, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    That’s not social distancing. You are barely six feet apart — inside, with no masks. Shame on you.

  45. thistoowill pass on June 15, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    I overcame my anxiety by reading Said Nursi’s book: "Message For The Sick".
    I definitely recommend it to everyone.
    "O sick person who worries unnecessarily! You worry at the severity of your illness and that worry increases it. If you want your illness to be less severe, try not to worry. That is, think of the benefits of your illness, the recompense for it, and that it will pass quickly; it will remove the worry and cut the illness at the root. Indeed, worry increases illness twice over. Worry causes an immaterial illness of the heart beneath the physical illness; the physical illness rests on that and persists. If the worry ceases through submission, contentment, and thinking of the wisdom in the illness, an important part of the illness is extirpated; it becomes lighter and in part disappears. "
    Flashes – 273

  46. NinjaWolfHybrid on June 15, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    I no longer have the confidence for online dating.

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  48. California Glo on June 15, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    I am watching this in October. I dealt with anxiety for the first time in my entire life. It lasted for 5 months and it was scary.

  49. Crucial Habits with Dr. Ashley & Dr. Michael Arn on June 15, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Take control of and take care of your brain to improve your mental health.

  50. Eva E on June 15, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    At t=6:38 he talks about one thing that is really helpful – that is to connect and reconnect with your core social support network (spouse, siblings, children, closest friends), and contact them over the phone or over social media.