Coping With Anxiety And Depression Amidst The COVID-19 Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed people’s lives and caused widespread fear and distress. Especially for people with existing mental health conditions, its impact may be more pronounced than others. Adding to the excessive and persistent worries of people with anxiety disorders experience is the fear of contracting the virus and losing their financial stability. Not only for themselves but also their loved ones.

Appointments with mental health professionals are also being held off due to social distancing and staying at home guidelines. People with anxiety and depression now have to resort to telehealth or teletherapy, where they can connect with their therapists through a virtual medium. If you’re trying to cope with your anxiety and depression amidst the ongoing pandemic, there are helpful habits you can do while at home.

Start The Day With Gratitude

The situation the world is in right now can quickly weigh you down. Decide to start your day with gratitude so you will have an improved mood for the entire day. More than what you expect, it can have a significant impact on your mental health. 

Although it may be hard, think of something you’re grateful for before stepping out of bed. You can also write gratitude letters to remind yourself of the blessings you have. It can change how your brain functions as you gear towards positive thoughts.

Make A Daily Routine

Due to the pandemic, people with anxiety and depression felt a loss of control in their lives. They can no longer meet their friends regularly, or buy groceries in the way they used to. Establishing routines and schedules can help them regain the consistency they missed.

Children also need a regular schedule to help them feel in control as they are used to the routine in schools. It can help them thrive while performing school activities at home. You can also be more focused on finishing tasks if you have a definite plan. Therefore, a daily routine can give you time for self-care since you can complete your work early.

People with anxiety and depression rely heavily on habits and routines to cope with their intense emotions. It helps them improve their physical, emotional, and mental health, most importantly during stressful times like this.

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Distance Yourself From The Media

It’s hard not to worry when news outlets these days are broadcasting the COVID-19 pandemic 24/7. Limiting yourself from the media can prevent you from succumbing to anxiety and catastrophic thoughts. The more fearful and anxious you feel, the more you need to distance from any sort of media.

But yes, you will need to read the news to have updated information on what’s happening to the world. Knowledge is power, after all. You can do this by only reading news from trusted sources. Social media is particularly good at spreading misinformation and lies to gain clicks. Read from websites like the World Health Organization, among others, so that you will perceive health details and less opinionated perspectives.

Take Action

Keeping yourself busy can drive your mind away from thinking worst-case scenarios. According to Ken Goodman, LCSW, “When your mind tries to bait you into worry, don’t take the bait. If you do, like a fish in a lake, you will be caught. Anxiety will try to bait you with many “what if” questions.” So instead of worrying, attempt to solve your problems by finding creative solutions.

It may be uncomfortable, but try to push yourself one step at a time. Lack of confidence in handling challenges is where the anxiety begins. If you have financial problems, you can ask for help, seek out loans, or search online for ways to earn while being in self-isolation. You can also re-sell your things after cleaning your house.

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Stay Healthy And Perform Stress Reduction Activities

Eating healthy and regularly exercising affect your mood and emotion. What you put in your body will determine how you think and feel. Proper nutrition is associated with lower levels of anxiety and stress. As most people say, you are what you eat. It also applies to your mental health, not only to your physical health.

Engage with relaxing practices such as guided meditation or yoga. It can give you the peace of mind you need at times like this. Look for sources online to help you in starting.

Having faith that everything shall pass is not an easy thing to do. But when the world is full of ambiguities, you can’t keep your mind in the dark—staying faithful means being a light for other people who need help. Providing aid to others can give you the happiness and control your mind demands right now. Always remember that you’re not alone in this fight. We’re all in this together.

Grieving Children

I was invited to the 2018 Grief Conference as part of my continuing education as a grief counselor. This has been my dream career for the longest time, and I am so lucky to be working as a school counselor for the past three years in a private institution. The conference was about “All Life Long: Empowerment throughout the Grief Journey,” and the hosts, Ryan’s Place of Goshen and the Goshen College Social Work Education Program, have given discounts on the fee. It was 50% off for students, and at that time, I was a working student.

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My Way Of Coping With Anger And Depression

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I have been battling depression and anger issues since I was ten years old. Yes, you read that right. I’ve been depressed and angry since I was very young. You see, my parents neglected me, and as early as six years old, they’ve shipped me to boarding school. I was six years old, and they left me alone to fend for myself.

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It’s Okay to Give Up On Your Partner Who Makes You Feel Depressed 

One of the real pleasures in life is being in a committed relationship with a partner whom you can count and rant on, laugh and learn with, give you happiness, care for you, and love you wholeheartedly. A partner like that is hard to come by, and it takes the force of the universe to bring you and your “The One” together.  

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Marriage And Depression

Are you feeling exhausted lately? Do you want to keep yourself away from the people in your life? Does it make you feel comfortable if you will only stay inside your room? Is it difficult for you to deal with other individuals? If you answered yes to these, then you are probably going through a depressive state in your life. Take note that depression is not something you can easily claim just because you have experienced all the things mentioned above. It is still highly advisable to see a medical doctor who could give you the exact findings of your mental condition, or if what you have is a mental condition at all.

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What To Say To A Partner With Anxiety 

Anxiety is a mental condition that is difficult to handle, especially if you are not the type of person who has a high level of patience or understanding. It can be draining, physically and emotionally, to deal with a person who is always anxious. You will feel exhausted in trying to make the said individual feel good. It is as if no matter what you say or do, she will always have anxieties about certain stuff. If you are experiencing this problem with your wife, then do not fret because you can still do a lot of things about it. 

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The 3 Questions You Need To Ask A Therapist

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Dealing with depression is never easy. There are many challenges that you need to face before you could successfully get over this mental condition. Take note that once you are diagnosed as clinically depressed, the first thing that you must do is to find the right therapist to help you deal with this matter. It is essential to look for the perfect professional who could motivate you to feel better about the situation. Selecting a therapist to hire is difficult, especially when there are so many individuals qualified for this profession.

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What’s The Connection Between Depression And Psychiatry?

Depression is probably one of the mental conditions that are not understood by many individuals. Unfortunately, there are still people who believe that this mental illness is not a significant issue at all. In fact, some individuals are not even ready to deal with it in the right manner. There are those who merely shrug it off as if it does not affect them at all.

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What Are The Benefits Of Online Counseling?

 In modern times, one of the most effective ways of dealing with problems and understanding life issues is to go through online counseling. This method has gained popularity due to the advantages that it provides to many people. With this latest advancement in the field of psychotherapy, anyone can already get the help, support or assistance needed to solve the puzzling concerns of most people.  

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Is Your Child Developing Anxiety?

 

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What hurts parents the most is seeing their children suffering from any ailments or health problems, how mild or severe it may be. It’s only a natural instinct that parents, especially first-time ones, get overprotective with their children regarding their physical, emotional and mental health being.

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