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Coronavirus – Let’s Keep Each Other Safe
After careful consideration and close monitoring of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, I will be offering audio and video therapy sessions until further notice. Please stay safe friends!
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Tips to Keep Stress Levels Low
For most of us, this is the first time we’ve ever had to deal with a pandemic. Naturally, this is a stressful time. High amounts of stress can impair immune system functioning and make us more susceptible to contracting an illness.
1) Enjoy the extra time with your family and reach out to friends and family members by phone or video chat.
2) Spend time in nature, while maintaining a social-distance 6 feet or more. The sights, smells, and sounds of nature help to calm our nervous system.
3) Accept that life, for the time being, has been disrupted. Figure out what you can do and what your limitations are.
4) Limit social media use and don’t use it as your news source. Be informed but avoid too much news.
5) Start or finish a new home project. Take up a new hobby. Find an online class to take.
6) Make sure you’re prepared to isolate yourself for up to 2 weeks.
7) Eat healthily, get enough sleep, limit substance use, and maintain a schedule where possible.
8) Take the precautions the experts are recommending. Having a plan in place for cleaning and everyday activities can lessen the feeling of helplessness.
9) If you have the ability, offer to help your neighbors or others in your community. Maintaining connectedness (while using social distancing) and supporting others also lessens the feeling of helplessness.
– Peter Lear, LCSW
Most of us do a great job maintaining our mental health functioning AND most of us have periods when we don’t do so well for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it can be a relatively easy fix. A few basic changes can have a powerful effect. When dealing with any mood or anxiety abnormalities, employ the techniques of Mental Health 101. If you don’t see a significant improvement in a couple of weeks, it may be time to see a therapist.