The Impact of COVID-19 on Mental Health
It’s been a lonely and financially stressful year for many people. That has had far-reaching consequences on the mental health of everyone, from the young to the old. Day after day, it’s been a struggle, loss of jobs and the school year, strained relationships, and burnout. The fear, worry, and anxiety are enough to make anyone lose their mind.
At ACT Family Counseling, we have focused on providing personnel care, provided at one of our six locations. Use these self-care tips mental wellness during the pandemic…
Connect with peers
Social isolation can worsen the symptoms of mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. In-person meetings are not possible now, so one should consider plugging into an online support group.
Online support groups provide a friendly and safe environment to share experiences. The platforms can help members cope and overcome substance abuse and anxiety in the short term. One will feel less lonely.
Breath, exercise, and practice mindfulness
It is a difficult time for everyone. There have been massive job losses and loss of income. Across the globe, people are worried and losing sleep over the declining ability to meet their essential needs and take care of the family.
Physical activity is vital to help you get your mind off things. It can give you a sense of purpose and a much-needed break from anxious thoughts. Combine that with breathing exercises and meditation for better relief.
Take a break from work
Remote working and parenting can be hard to juggle. There is a risk of burnout and emotional stress. These risks are felt even more by front line workers who, every day, come face to face with the worst of the pandemic. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle by getting enough rest, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding alcohol and substance abuse. Reach out for help.
Access to personnel therapy
Therapy may have been looked at as a luxury before, but not anymore. $425 million has been allocated to mental health and substance abuse under the CARES act. Insurance companies have also moved to include coverage for telehealth services. Anyone can start on a Family Counseling program even without having seen the professional in-person before, as was previously stipulated under Medicare. The requirement has been repealed.
At ACT Family Counseling, we acknowledge your difficulties. While this is a general guide, every person’s situation is unique. Reach out to us for personalized counseling and psychotherapy at six convenient locations. Let us help you find peace of mind and happiness.