Feeling Overwhelmed? Let’s Solve Your Anxiety and Depression!
As a therapist in the age of COVID, I have heard a lot from my clients and community sharing increased feelings of anxiety, depression, and feeling overwhelmed.
Social distancing, quarantining, and uncertainty in our lives and communities has exacerbated people’s mental health symptoms.
This pandemic created a world of uncertainty and put a halt on the world we live in.
In these uncertain times, people are reporting higher levels of feeling overwhelmed, anxiety, trauma, and depressive symptoms.
We know living in isolation or with minimal contact with others or no physical contact can have large impacts on people.
What Can we Do if we are Feeling Overwhelmed?
Clients have been sharing how this difficulty has created or exacerbated symptoms for them. We spend sessions reflecting on these emotions, ways to cope, and ways to connect with people.
Find Ways To Express Yourself
In times like these, it is important to find ways to express yourself.
Ways to express yourself include writing, art, talking with a trusted support (professional or informal), or creating.
There are so many ways we can express ourselves to counter feeling overwhelmed.
This allows us to have an outlet for feelings we are having. Finding ways to reflect on our experiences and emotions is vital in maintaining our health in times like these.
Find Things to Do
Find things to do that promote your safety and pleasure.
Keeping busy can be helpful or finishing projects that you have struggled to complete in the past! Distraction can be a useful tool in managing mental health symptoms.
To be clear, distraction is NOT avoidance. Distraction is a temporary tool to use when you are feeling overwhelmed or other negative emotions – and you have to go back to your emotions and still work through them.
Things to do can be like new hobbies, exercise, listening to music, cleaning, watching a show, or something else! Find ways to stay appropriately busy, NOT avoidant or overfunctioning.
Find Ways to Connect with Others
In this time of social distancing where we have limited physical contact with others, connection can be hard. It can create feelings of isolation, loneliness, or depression.
Connection is a natural antidote to these things and can certainly help these experiences.
Social Media or technology has afforded us with the ease of connecting to others. I think the important way to use this tool is with boundaries that create opportunity for intentional communication and with boundaries.
Connection can look like instant messages, phone calls, video calls, or posting things that connect you to others on social media. Schedule times to connect with people through these modalities creates certainty in these uncertain times.
Additionally, if you feel comfortable and safe to do so (while following CDC guidelines) there are a variety of socially distant connections you can make in person. Depending on where you live with differing guidelines, there are different ways to connect with others.
If its possible to have physical connection with others in your household whether that is snuggling, massage, walking together, exercising together, hugging, etc.
Find Ways to Connect with Yourself
Connection does not stop with others. It starts with yourself. Taking the time to connect with yourself through self-reflection, self-touch, and self-love. There are so many ways to connect with yourself to work towards growth, healing, and connection.
If you are looking for extra support during these tough times, we offer tele-therapy sessions here at LCAT and are happy to help!
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