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Dear Therapist,

I am still struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. I think the difference in this problem, compared to all other issues that cause me anxiety, is that there is no end in sight. I can’t think of a scarier thought than that.

People keep saying all this too shall pass but we don’t know that and nothing presently in America has shown proof or hope of that.

Thanks,

Carrie

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Hi Carrie,

I can hear how concerned you are of the current state of America.

One thing that can help all of us during this time is focusing on things that are within our control.

Mask says "it's not over yet."Here are some examples:

  1. Maintain a routine.
  2. Stay on schedule. Setting a schedule for sleep, wake, and meal time can give us a bit of grounding.
  3. Stay connected to friends and family. Reaching out and connecting to others via phone, text, or video call platform can also help us feel less alone and can remind us that we are all going through this together. This is new to all of us.
  4. Limit social media. Another thing that can help manage anxiety right now is avoiding social media or news coverage. Taking in information can trigger the part of our brain that is constantly scanning for threats and has the potential to overwhelm us. Our brains, like our bodies, need rest. I don’t know about you, but I have been giving my brain a bit of rest these days.

Remember that you can always reach out for help if your anxiety is reaching a level that is unmanageable. Most mental health professionals, including JFS, are offering telehealth options over HIPPA-compliant platforms.

In addition, JFS features blog posts and videos that you might find helpful.

Use this grounding exercise when your anxiety spikes, or try these self-care tips to help take your mind off of the pandemic:

 

Take care!

Celina, MA, LPC

 

Celina, LPC, is the Psychiatric Case Manager and Therapist at JFS, and has a Trauma-Informed Care Practitioner certification. Her five years of clinical experience includes working with adults, couples, families, and children on medication management, LGBTQ issues, gender affirming care, the Trauma Resiliency Model, anxiety, depression and bipolar.

 

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