Elektra Health’s guide to feeling safe, healthy, and happy during a pandemic
Alessandra Henderson (Co-Founder & CEO, Elektra Health) & Ilana Springer (Clinical Operations Manager, Elektra Health). May 04, 2020
Waking up each morning to unsettling and grim news throughout the COVID-19 crisis has an incredible impact on our collective health and wellness – and not in a positive way. We’re all doing our best to wrap our heads around how the very foundations of our health, economy, and society could have shifted under our feet so quickly.
That said, maintaining our health – physical, mental, and emotional – is even more important now than before, as this pandemic forces each of us to take a break from our busy schedules and put self-care at the forefront. This involves bringing awareness to how your body is responding to today’s heightened atmosphere of anxiety, and getting smart about your options.
From a biological perspective, stress is an evolutionary tool our bodies developed to keep us safe – if you’re thinking about the term “fight or flight” you’re on the right track. Your sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is responsible for the “fight or flight” response – in addition to helping us mobilize energy when faced with challenges or danger, the SNS causes an increase of adrenaline and cortisol (aka the stress hormone) to be released. It can also suppress the immune system, something we want to avoid more now than ever.
As a female-focused company, our mission at Elektra Health is to keep women feeling safe, healthy, and happy at home during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition to curating the top evidence-based recommendations and resources on key wellness topics from getting better sleep, to managing stress and anxiety, to supporting healthy relationships in quarantine, we’ve opened our platform to provide free remote care to women of all ages for help with common well-woman needs (birth control, UTIs, prescription refills, abnormal bleeding, etc.).
Sign up for a 15-minute virtual visit with a top OB/GYN or women’s health nurse practitioner or text our clinical team directly on our anonymous text line at 646-760-6669.
Like Elektra Health, several of our peers in the telehealth community have stepped up to offer free and accessible services across multiple specialty areas, ensuring their communities have access to high-quality care while in quarantine. We’ve curated a handful of our favorite services to keep you and your loved ones feeling healthy and balanced during these surreal days.
- Galileo offers comprehensive, multi-specialty primary care services and treatment at no cost to patients in regions that are particularly impacted by COVID-19.
Mental & Emotional Health
- Tempest is hosting free virtual support meetings for individuals recovering from alcohol or substance abuse. They are also offering scholarships to online recovery programs for those who have lost their jobs or are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Crisis Textline allows you to text with a trained Crisis Counselor 24/7 from anywhere in the United States. Counselors are prepared with resources to help you manage stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression, and more.
- Headspace released a free collection called Weathering the Storm, which includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you find space and kindness for yourself and those around you.
Beyond the services listed above, we encourage you to check out this comprehensive list of health & wellbeing services compiled by our friends at The Tempest.
We hope you take advantage of these services and focus on your well being in the days and weeks ahead. Wishing good health to you and your loved ones and for better, brighter, healthier times around the corner.
Elektra Health (GCT 2020) is on a mission to smash the menopause taboo by bringing hormonal health & menopause care into the 21st century. Our virtual clinic offers personalized, evidence-based care, combined with accessible content, taboo-smashing thought leadership, and a supportive community of peers. We’re creating a movement. Because women deserve better.