Get help with anxiety and depression during COVID-19
Even before COVID-19 entered our lives, more than 250 million people globally dealt with some form of depression and/or anxiety. But thanks to the pandemic, those numbers have risen at an unprecedented rate around the world. The majority of Americans now say they’ve dealt with some form of mental health issue in the last several months. If that describes you, read on.
While not everyone is affected the same way, the current surge in virus cases and hospitalizations can increase the risk for anxiety and depression. That makes it crucial that we pay attention to our mental health and well-being and seek help when we need it.
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“This pandemic has been a rollercoaster for many, causing an overwhelming sense of disappointment, discouragement and associated anxiety,” says Synchronous Health Specialist Karen Brimeyer, LMFT. “On top of that, the frustration surrounding uncertainty of how the upcoming holidays will unfold only adds to any anxiety or depression from before. I encourage my participants to pay extra attention to the things that bring them joy, love and peace during this time. I also recommend they change it up when things feel like they’re going on self-care autopilot so it stays fresh.”
If you’re experiencing anxiety or depression, help is available from an experienced, licensed network of specialists at no cost to you.
To learn more and connect with a specialist, visit sync.health/mnps or call 615-748-0625.
Keep these tips in mind to help battle anxiety and depression:
Stay in the present.
Anxiety can set in quickly when we’re uncertain about what the next minute or month may hold. Being present and giving thanks for the current moment can help us see what IS, so we can fully participate wherever we are, instead of analyzing what hasn’t happened yet. The mind is incredibly powerful and operates optimally when thinking from the perspective of the present moment. Meditation and breathing apps such as Calm, Headspace and Insight Timer are great tools to help you stay present.
Self-care comes in many forms and what resonates is unique to the individual. It’s not selfish or mean to set healthy boundaries. Embracing and making time for things that bring you joy and rest is what self-care is all about. Living from this place not only enables us to embrace whatever circumstances we may be facing with more hope and ease, but regular, fresh self-care practices help us love those around us as we do ourselves.
Try the H-A-L-T Method.
If you feel anxious, stop for a moment and check in on your emotional and physical state. Ask yourself if you’re:
Hungry. If you haven’t eaten in a while, try something healthy. Or perhaps you’ve had a lot of caffeine today? A small, nutritious meal can do wonders in calming anxiety.
Angry. If you’re angry or frustrated, take a time out and some deep breaths. Consider and reflect in the moment about where the anger may be coming from, remembering to take it easy on yourself. Be it an external or internal source, once identified, think about remedies that could help bring about a positive outcome.
Lonely. Have you been isolated? In light of the pandemic, it’s understandable to be and/or feel isolated. It’s important to remember others are going through similar experiences at this very moment. Reach out to a friend or family member or connect with a support group to ease loneliness.
Tired. If you’re feeling tired or fatigued, a quick power nap and/or some exercise can increase circulation and produce energy fast. A 15-20 minute nap and 5-10 minutes of walking, yoga, jumping jacks, push-ups, etc. can get you moving and help you feel less sluggish.
If you're feeling lonely or anxious and would like additional support, our team is ready to serve you. To learn more and connect with a specialist, visit: sync.health/mnps or call 615-748-0625.
Source: World Health Organization