“Extremely uncertain times like we’re experiencing right now are bound to heighten our stress and anxiety. We’re human. However, what can exacerbate this distress is when we begin expending significant energy being ‘anxious about being anxious’,” said Brendon Comer, behavioral health therapist at Banner Health Clinic in Colorado. “Practicing self-compassion and offering kindness and understanding to this increased discomfort may offer the opportunity to open up space for a calmer, gentler energy amid our inevitable worry. We can’t, nor are we expected to, be perfect.”
We’re all trying to figure out how to navigate a new normal with COVID-19. With this comes new feelings, but how do you know if you should be concerned about these feelings? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stress and anxiety around COVID-19 may include:
If you recognize any of these symptoms, your next step is to take action and find ways to improve your mental health.
You’re not alone in your stress and anxiety. Because we’re all experiencing a similar situation, there are many tools available to help you deal with coronavirus stress while you are socially isolated.
We are amid unprecedented circumstances as all of us are experiencing hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute changes, fears and uncertainties. “Many of us are being asked to work from home and are having to balance two obligations simultaneously – working from home while also parenting or caregiving at the same time. In addition, front-line workers are experiencing the illness, fears and stress of patients while also worrying about their own health,” said Comer. “Building in time each day to take care of our bodies and minds can go a long way in managing these multiple coronavirus-related stressors, increasing our chances of staying well.”
For more information on COVID-19 and how you can stay well, visit BannerHealth.com.
For more advice on how to manage your mental health during this uncertain time consult an expert, schedule an appointment with a Banner Health behavioral health provider.
If you are in urgent need of mental health assistance, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, offers a Disaster Distress Helpline, 24/7, 365-days-a-year: 1-800-985-5990.
By Melissa Fink , Contributing Writer Posted on Apr 03, 2020, "www.bannerhealth.com", https://www.bannerhealth.com/healthcareblog/advise-me/managing-your-mental-health-during-social-distancing.