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. Ricardo Calles on June 22, 2021 at 7:52 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

  2. Sally Kasper (Sally) on June 22, 2021 at 7:54 pm

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

  3. Will Huang on June 22, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Sam Healy made a career switch

  4. kevtarzan on June 22, 2021 at 7:59 pm

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

  5. Past Substance on June 22, 2021 at 8:02 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!

  6. Abhishek Adhikari on June 22, 2021 at 8:02 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.

  7. J S on June 22, 2021 at 8:04 pm

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

  8. Lea Khrisna De Luna on June 22, 2021 at 8:05 pm

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

  9. Jesse on June 22, 2021 at 8:05 pm

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

  10. John on June 22, 2021 at 8:06 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.

  11. KEMO SAAB on June 22, 2021 at 8:06 pm

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

  12. Jackie Joyce on June 22, 2021 at 8:07 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?

  13. stephon jones on June 22, 2021 at 8:08 pm

    Good to know

  14. Ak Khan on June 22, 2021 at 8:12 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. monica on June 22, 2021 at 8:12 pm

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

  16. Idea Generation Station on June 22, 2021 at 8:13 pm

    amazing video
    for more videos like that visit my channel 😙

  17. Lloyd Francis on June 22, 2021 at 8:13 pm


  18. This Humble Hearth on June 22, 2021 at 8:13 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.

  19. Kafui Dey on June 22, 2021 at 8:14 pm

    Good job. Great, practical tips

  20. Leulsegd Wakene on June 22, 2021 at 8:14 pm

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

  21. Guy Hancock on June 22, 2021 at 8:15 pm

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

  22. Embrace Nature on June 22, 2021 at 8:15 pm

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

  23. Crucial Habits with Dr. Ashley & Dr. Michael Arn on June 22, 2021 at 8:19 pm

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

  24. California Glo on June 22, 2021 at 8:20 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.

  25. Michelle Burkholder on June 22, 2021 at 8:23 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.

  26. Michelle Burkholder on June 22, 2021 at 8:24 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

  27. Health Shop Plus on June 22, 2021 at 8:26 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.

  28. Flips only on June 22, 2021 at 8:26 pm

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

  29. KEMO SAAB on June 22, 2021 at 8:26 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

  30. Geeta Singh on June 22, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    Gita singh

  31. jessiehendrikse _ on June 22, 2021 at 8:27 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 :/

  32. Michelle Despres on June 22, 2021 at 8:29 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.

  33. Elle Maio on June 22, 2021 at 8:33 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

  34. Edward Bliss on June 22, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    Mental health? Try gout attacks and an inguinal hernia

  35. dum monkey on June 22, 2021 at 8:36 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

  36. You Can Call Me Al on June 22, 2021 at 8:36 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.

  37. j en on June 22, 2021 at 8:37 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

  38. thistoowill pass on June 22, 2021 at 8:38 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

  39. ×xX itz_zaii Xx× on June 22, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    i been fighting for so long.

  40. Eva E on June 22, 2021 at 8:39 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.

  41. Alejandro Diaz Lopez on June 22, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    This video gave me comfort ❤️ thank you UC Davis!

  42. Raphaela Hons on June 22, 2021 at 8:40 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).

  43. NinjaWolfHybrid on June 22, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    I no longer have the confidence for online dating.

  44. Crena pun on June 22, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Awsome video. Tq for info.its really heplful 🙂

  45. Success mantra train and succeed on June 22, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Great presentation

  46. m z on June 22, 2021 at 8:45 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

  47. Yasser ALG on June 22, 2021 at 8:45 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

  48. ds electroshock on June 22, 2021 at 8:45 pm

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

  49. Barbara Shissias on June 22, 2021 at 8:47 pm

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

  50. Purplegum on June 22, 2021 at 8:49 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