Federal Employee’s mental health affected by shutdown

El Paso News
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The stress of the government shutdown and missed paychecks is taking its effect on many of those 800,000 workers missing another check today. 

Celeste Nevarez, a Mental Health Expert at Emergence Health Network in El Paso, she said the main issue she has seen is anxiety about money and not receiving a paycheck. Her advice for those struggling? Stay focused and take one day at a time. 

Experts say that families will try and put on a brave face at home. However, it’s important to process what’s happening and be able to talk about. This is so you can continue to be the best you can be at your job despite the difficulties. They said the best thing to do is to find an outlet like spending time with family. 

“Spending that quality time as a family is a really easy way to just destress say focused on what’s important and what matters in life and that’s our family our health and our friends,” Nevarez said.

Nevarez gives this advice not only from an experts point-of-view but also as she is personally dealing with the shutdown in her family. 

“This has affected my family as well so I’m in this boat with them,” she said. “And to be honest there is no certainty in sight. I understand that this is incredibly stressful, I understand that this is a really scary time.”

She gave us some tips on how to deal with anxiety.

  1. Stay focused 
  2. Focus on the here and now
  3. Don’t try to look too far into the Future
  4. Spend quality time with family
  5. Seek counseling 

Nevarez says even though times are tough people should seek counseling, she suggested that you check with your insurance providers to see what options they offer. 

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