Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression Related to the Pandemic
In the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, many people around the globe find themselves struggling to get back to “normal” or find a new sense of normalcy. After months of being isolated, confronting the real health risks of interacting with others as essential workers, experiencing the loss of loved ones to the disease, and myriad other challenges, it’s no surprise that people are experiencing higher levels of stress and anxiety. If you’re struggling to find a sense of stability again, you’re not alone, and the Compass Family Counseling team offer therapy for stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic for residents of Little Rock and all of Central Arkansas. Learn more on this page or get in touch with one of our knowledgeable therapists today.
How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Lives?
Many of our clients think of their emotions as good or bad. They want to get rid of bad emotions and only feel good ones, but actually, all emotions are part of the complex brain-body system that is working to keep us happy, healthy, and safe. The increased levels of stress and anxiety many of us are experiencing right now may feel negative, but these emotional responses are the body’s way of processing potential threats like fear of contracting COVID-19, worrying about our loved ones’ risks for getting this disease, and dealing with the financial, political, and ecological stresses that have resulted from the pandemic. During a typical situation, the increased stress and anxiety levels would diminish once the threat is removed, but the COVID-19 pandemic has been anything but typical. Many of us have had good reason to feel stressed or fearful throughout this year. Unfortunately, all this stress, fear, anxiety, and worry without relief can take a toll if they’re not addressed.
On top of these elevated levels and stress, many people have lost friends and family members to the disease, and they are also dealing with complex emotions surrounding grief and loss, especially since traditional, funeral ceremonies where many people express these emotions weren’t possible in many communities. Additionally, many relationships have been tested during the pandemic. The overly close proximity of quarantine or the inability to see and spend time with loved ones who don’t share our homes both created tensions in relationships and families. Still, the pandemic has also given many people a fresh reminder that our time is precious, and we need to start leading a fulfilling, authentic life. For some, that includes working with a therapist to address the difficult emotions and situations that arose due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How can Therapy Help?
Even though concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic are still ongoing and we truly don’t know what tomorrow will bring, it’s important to start addressing the issues that have arisen during the pandemic. Therapy can help you consider the way you’ve been responding to the added stress and anxiety, understand how to recognize and manage when emotions and negative thinking are overwhelming you, and develop the necessary skills to tackle current and future challenges.
What to Expect During Therapy Sessions
Therapy sessions at Compass Family Counseling are all about helping our clients set and achieve meaningful goals to manage emotions, overcome obstacles, and maintain more fulfilling relationship. Helping people manage stress related to a global pandemic is something new to most of us. It’s a scary situation that is still evolving and presenting us with new challenges every day. Therapy sessions for pandemic-related stress and anxiety will focus on helping you recognize your emotional responses, process these feelings in healthy ways, and continue to nurture the vital relationships in your life that may be most impacted by the pandemic. For safety and convenience, we are happy to offer online therapy sessions as well as socially distanced in-office visits.
Who Offers Therapy for Concerns Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic
We’re all still figuring out what tomorrow looks like. The pandemic has changed so much of how we interact with others, and as therapists, we understand how important it is to develop resilience and learn new skills that will help you navigate whatever challenge awaits us around the next corner. Learn more about our counselors who are offering therapy for stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking the links below:
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When you call, one of our team members will discuss your appointment request and gather any necessary information to direct you to the best counselor to address your individual needs and schedule a consultation call. If you email us or submit a contact request form, we will call you within 24-hours to setup a consultation with a therapist who will be ready to serve you. Either way, we’re happy to chat with you to answer questions and help you schedule your therapy sessions.