Coping with the ongoing effects of COVID-19...
The mental health aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic is different for everyone. Whether you lost a loved one, were a front-line health care worker, or have been isolated with chronic stress for over a year, the psychological impact can be hard to overcome.
We have all had to contend with the effects of cumulative stress stemming from the pandemic, including financial insecurity, health-related fear, child care struggles, or simply the anxiety of everyday uncertainty.
This stress can result in depression, anxiety, exhaustion, fogginess, and feeling unmotivated.
It’s OK to feel deflated or scared and know that others feel similarly, a normal reaction to an abnormal time, and this time has certainly been abnormal!
If you experienced a traumatizing event such as being hospitalized for COVID-19 or someone close to you dying, you may still be coping with the emotions around it. We all respond to difficult events differently, and while many people heal from trauma without professional help, others may develop post-traumatic stress disorder. People with PTSD tend to consistently have intrusive thoughts about the traumatic event. Flashbacks and avoidance of people, places, or things that may trigger a reminder of the event are common.
Sharing your story with a Foothills therapist can begin the healing process, helping you to develop or improve coping skills. Therapy can guide you in how to talk about what you’ve been through and understand your feelings about it.
Lastly, we all know exercise and a healthy diet significantly impact psychological health. Make simple goals like moving more every day or taking short walks. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet and listen to your body’s natural cues, only eating when you’re hungry. And try to take time for joyful activities, whether it’s cooking, reading, gardening, or a new hobby.
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Foothills Counseling Center
Are you experiencing:
Thoughts or anxiety about making a
"big change" in your life
A sense that something is wrong
Physical signs of emotional stress
New or worrisome feelings
from a life change
Thoughts of harming yourself
Family, marriage, or relationship troubles
Foothills Counseling Center
provides affordable, confidential, professional counseling services for:
Individuals, couples, and families
Adolescents/teens (limited space for children)
Individual life skills counseling
Weekly grief support groups (no charge)
Everyone and anyone, regardless of income
(NO ONE is turned away.)
All of our counselors are
certified and licensed, with
each having more than 20 years experience in addiction, family, marriage, and adolescent counseling.
At Foothills Counseling Center, you will receive professional support so that you won't have to travel down life's path alone. You will find a safe, confidential and non-judgmental place to seek answers to the daily challenges you face. Your values, goals and faith will be respected and supported by our trusted, experienced counselors. Our mission at Foothills Counseling Center is to help residents of North Georgia develop a healthy environment, a clear mind and sound habits by providing high quality, professional counseling services regardless of income.
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