Coping with COVID-19
Are you feeling like your life is spinning out of control? Are you tired of having the same conversations with your friends and family? Do you feel unable to talk about what’s happening with your children? Are you feeling more irritated with your partner or children lately? At, Whole Journey, we are here to support you. We have counselors who specialize in coping with the unique difficulties at this time in our lives.
You may be struggling with the effects of COVID-19, and you are not alone. Many of us were already experiencing stress before the COVID-19 health crisis. Previously, it might have been the demands of your job, families, or relationships, etc. Now, our normal stress and lives have been disrupted, and for many, it’s increased stress, anxiety, and depression. Additional fears, pressure, and uncertainty might be surfacting that’s causing more difficulty with dealing with a changing reality.
To assist with coping with the crisis, our counselors will typically use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy strategies to assist you. Both methods explore the relationships among your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Often are emotions are fueled by negative thought patterns. These treatment methods can assist you with learning new techniques to manage your emotions from a healthier place.
- Increased emotion
- Decrease in emotion or engagement (numbing, avoidant behaviors, distraction behaviors, etc)
- Increased anxiety, depression
- Intrustive, uncontrollable thoughts
- Heightened Stress Levels
- Excessive worrying
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Increased irritability and anger
- Additional social isolation
- Sleep disruption
- Avoidance of daily tasks, regular behaviors
- Impulses to control things outside of your control
Starter Tips to Cope:
- Limit social media and news exposure to what is necessary
- Connect with others who are meaningful and encouraging to you
- Identify things in your environment that you can control and brainstorm ways to move forward with those changes
- Remind yourself that “This is temporary.”
- Engage in goal-setting to encourage you that this current state is temporary
- Identify a structured daily routine that allows for recent adjustments such as teleworking and possibly navigating children’s schedules.
- Engage in healthy activities (eating, physical exercise, going to bed at a regular time, etc)
We’re utilizing telehealth services until we’re all able to safely meet in the office. Schedule an appointment. This experience may be the tipping point that gets you on a healthier emotional path that can last beyond this experience. Many clients come in for one issue and learn there are other underlying factors impacting their overall well-being.
It does not matter how simple or how complex your needs are. Our counselors specialize in Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Youth and Family Issues, or relationships, in the event you are experiencing additional strain. Let us know what you need, and we’ll connect you with a counselor who can address your needs.