A new survey found that nearly half of American adults believe the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting their mental health, while 19% have said it’s having a major impact.
Individual counseling for anxiety and stress because of the Coronavirus is available at Take Charge, Inc. Terri Dichiser, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Kansas and Missouri, is offering individual counseling through tele-therapy with video that is available on a phone, laptop, or tablet. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations such as an infectious disease outbreak that requires social distancing, quarantine, or isolation. There are tips for stress and anxiety due to social distancing.
Social distancing means keeping a safe distance (approximately 6 feet) from others and avoiding gathering spaces such as schools, churches, concert halls and public transportation. You may feel anxious or worried about yourself or your family members contracting COVID-19 or spreading it to others. It’s also normal to have concerns about obtaining food and personal supplies, taking time off work or fulfilling family care obligations. Some people may have trouble sleeping or focusing on daily tasks. Individual counseling with Terri has a unique way of helping you not only address individual issues but open the door to expand the scope of those issues.
While it’s very normal to feel anxious and stressed about the uncertainty of the Coronavirus pandemic, recognize that this is a universal worry, and we are all in this together. Life now has changed, temporarily, and everyone must adjust to the new rules of daily living.
Accepting that social distancing is necessary to protect us is an impactful way to reduce stress. Tell yourself, even aloud, that “this is not forever.” Our normal way of life will return, and we need to feel empowered by what we are able to do.
It’s important to obtain accurate and timely public health information regarding COVID-19, but too much exposure to media coverage of the virus can lead to increased feelings of fear and anxiety. Psychologists recommend balancing time spent on news and social media with other activities unrelated to quarantine or isolation, such as reading, listening to music or learning a new language. Trusted organizations — including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the World Health Organization — are ideal sources of information on the virus.
Your face-to-face interactions may be limited, but using phone calls, text messages, video chat and social media to access social support networks can be helpful. If you’re feeling sad or anxious, use these conversations as an opportunity to discuss your experience and associated emotions. Reach out to those you know who are in a similar situation. Individual counseling through tele-therapy with Terri can help with stress and anxiety in a time of uncertainty.
Get enough sleep, eat well and exercise in your home when you are physically capable of doing so. Try to avoid using alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with the stresses of isolation and quarantine. Telehealth options for individual counseling are available through Take Charge, Inc.