With most of the country practicing social-distancing due to Covid-19, you might be feeling more isolated and fearful of the unknown than ever before. Listen as VO Boss Anne Ganguzza interviews Licensed Clinical Mental Health (LCMHC) counselor: Eb Roberts for a discussion on self-care and your mental health during these uncertain times. Eb has over 20 years of clinical experience in treating individuals and couples. Eb received her Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University.
Take a BOSS break for your soul. We’re all in this together. Stay safe and healthy out there!
- We don’t know how long this will last or the extent of the virus
- Not knowing the end date of crisis can make you feel out of control
- When you feel out of control, concentrate on the things in your life that you can control
- When we’re feeling so isolated, it helps to remember that the world is going through this with you
- Many people want to know “why is this happening?”
- Since this is happening to the whole world, it’s an opportunity to learn
- Social distancing and working from home can create opportunities to enjoy your family life at a slower pace. Take this time to plan special activities while practicing social distancing. Choose to see this as an opportunity to have time they we may never have again
- Keep in mind that first responders and hospital workers are putting their lives at risk, and those of us being asked to stay home have an “easier” task
- Having everyone at home might feel like an invasion of privacy. You have to learn how to share the space
- Even our animals are having to adjust to us being home all day
- Set boundaries, keep a schedule, and make sure everyone is accountable to that schedule
- Make sure everyone has their own workspace
- Social media is both awful and a blessing
- Do what works best for you and your family. Give yourself permission to do whatever feels good, and to create memories
- You may want to limit your exposure to social media if it’s going to make you feel deflated
- Don’t compare yourself to how others are surviving quarantine
- People’s social media life is just a snapshot of their day. We don’t see how many hours it took to get that perfect shot, or that perfect image
- It’s ok to give yourself permission to have some fun in the midst of this.
- You don’t have to buy in to the fear and anxiety of this, even though there is real danger.
- Learn what news applies to you and is applicable to you, and then stop your news consumption there. You can go into information overload
- There is so much uncertainty to life in general, and this virus mimics that, it’s just heightened dyue to being socially distanced
- There is a difference between being worried and being anxious. Worry is mild and temporary, and it’s specific in nature. Where is becomes concerning is where is bleeds over into anxiety. Anxiety oftentimes is very vague. It’s not just anxious over contracting this virus, it’s “then what happens.” You can go down the rabbit hole and it’s severe and it controls you
- One of the best antidotes for anxiety is to be calm. Use a faith system, or something that anchors you or tethers you to the world, whether this be God, or the Universe at large. Anything that makes you feel that you are not alone
- It’s ok to not be ok and reach out for help
- Being able to admit that you don’t have control may help you. All you have is love to give to those in your life
- The first step of any recovery program is admitting that you’re powerless, and it’s the same with this crisis
- Take a breath, a step back, and acknowledge that this is bigger than you and ask someone for help
- Anxiety presents itself in a viareity of different ways: lack of sleep, being angry, challenging behavior, walking in place, clenched fists, anger, crying, panic attacks
- What helps you may not help others. However, you can offer to help other people, and be there for them. Listen to others, and talk, and encourage them to reach out to someone, which may include a professional.
- One Eighty Counseling (for those in NC and GA, or to contact Eb for resources)
https://www.betterhelp.com/ (Eb Works on this platform and can be chosen here in NC or GA)
If your employer uses Teladoc for telemental health, that is another option. https://www.teladoc.
com/ This is ONLY available through an employer who purchases this as an option however. Eb works on this platform as well for GA and NC.
Many employers have an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) that can also be of great benefit to many people in these trying times.
- National Institute on Mental Illness and Covid-19
- The CDC and Mental Health in Covid-19
- 10 Ways your anxiety might be manifesting
- Recorded on ipDTL
- Awesome editing by Carl Bahner