In the midst of the current COVD-19 pandemic, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by feelings of anxiety, depression, grief, sadness, loss, or loneliness. For many of us, it has changed the way we live and work and requires us to limit person-to-person interaction with coworkers, friends and family.
There is no "right" way to deal with or recover from a national health event like this but, in addition to the negative feelings you may be struggling with, I encourage you to reflect on your personal growth over the past several weeks.
Many people, including members of our own Focused Family Services team, have a renewed focus on mental as well as physical health. Some of us have developed new rituals while others have revisited hobbies they always enjoyed but rarely had time for in the bustle of a busy life.
When things return to “normal” (whatever that may end up being), whenever that may be, don’t forget about the practices, activities and habits that you practiced during your time at home and how they may have actually improved your mental and physical well-being. Ask yourself: “What changes have I made that I want to continue to incorporate into my daily life?”
These don’t have to big promises or commitments. Consider:
• Making a commitment to limiting your news consumption. Let’s face it, the news is rarely positive. That negativity is a lot to consume!
• Reserving one day a week to be “plan-free” so you can be with family and friends.
• Keeping up with newfound fitness routines.
• Setting aside time at the beginning or end of each day for mindfulness.
• Continuing the hobbies or activities that brought you joy during time at home (for me, this has been home improvement projects, cooking, and reading).
This has been, and will be, remembered as a difficult time for so many of us, particularly all of those who have experienced a loss or otherwise been personally affected by COVID-19. If you’re feeling anxious, depressed, isolated or overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, I encourage you to reach out.
Mental health is not something that we should only be thinking about in a crisis. The Focused Family Services team is here to help you find ways to address your mental health needs in a welcoming, safe, healing and compassionate environment.
Focused Family Services is here to help. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, lonely or otherwise looking for someone to talk to, we encourage you to reach out. Call us at 602-253-6259 to schedule a confidential appointment and ask any questions. Or, email our Intake Coordinator, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have, at firstname.lastname@example.org