These are unprecedented times. As the world continues to figure its way through uncharted territory, conversations, the news, and daily life seem unrecognizable from what they were a week ago. It’s easy to be consumed with the global pandemic, it’s literally everywhere. (see your local toilet paper aisle for further proof!) Serious problems wreak serious habits on mental health. Anxiety feeds off of uncertainty and feeling of lack of control. At Modify, we want to emphasize maintaining a focus on emotional wellness through this stressful time.
– Use your coping tools! What helps you when you feel anxious? Is it escaping into a good book? A solid work-out? Taking time for meditation or laughing with a friend? (via phone call of course!) Now is the time to use what you know works – and use it often! So many times clients come to therapy with this insight, it’s just making time to use these skills. Now is the time. Listen to your ques and respond to them.
– Social distancing does not mean social isolation. Call, FaceTime, Skype, Snap, send witty memes-whatever! We’re social beings. Dealing with a crisis in isolation will not be beneficial. Continue to nurture your relationships (responsibly of course).
– Limit your exposure to news and social media. It’s easy to be all consumed by COVID-19 information. However, this can be like gasoline on the proverbial anxiety fire. It’s important to be informed about what is happening- but don’t let it run your day. Choose a time or two during the day for updates. Don’t let it consume your thoughts or your newsfeed. A good balance of self-care and staying informed is imperative.
– Get outside. Social distancing is very important. So is sunlight. Take advantage of warmer temperatures. Starting that spring yard clean up or wandering your local forest preserve could lead to a generous mood boost. It’s important to find the beauty that is still around us.
– As public health officials have made clear, we have a responsibility for ourselves and to each other. If you must access the community then practice good hygiene. Wash your hands – a lot. Avoid crowds. Limit social contact.
We’re all trying to navigate these waters together. If you feel that you need additional support during this stressful time, please contact us.
Written by: Amy Wagner