If you have found the last year difficult to cope with, you are not alone. The current Covid-19 pandemic is like nothing we have ever seen before, completely changing the world as we know it. While as humans, we are largely capable of adapting to the new normal’, there’s no doubt that some people find it easier to cope with change than others.
The way in which each of us has been affected by the pandemic varies considerably too. You may:
Have lost your job or be struggling to keep your business afloat, which is causing you considerable stress and money worries.
Be worried about your health, the health of vulnerable loved ones, and how you can keep yourself and them safe.
Have lost people to illness and be grieving, especially if you have been unable to say a proper goodbye.
Be isolated and feeling extremely lonely.
Be working on the front line in hospitals, exhausted and heartbroken by what you are seeing every day.
Be burnt out from trying to home school your children and from trying to protect them from the harsh realities of the world as it is currently.
Some people may seem to have escaped relatively unscathed on the surface but may be hiding their true emotions and are struggling to cope. Meanwhile, others wear their heart on their sleeve and are very vocal about the hardships that they are facing. Whichever category you fall into, you will almost certainly find that therapy could help you to cope more easily with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
At this time of huge emotional turmoil, therapy is needed to help people to cope more than ever. Although the way in which it’s being performed is a little different than the norm, and in most areas, we aren’t currently able to meet in person, therapy sessions are still taking place either by phone or video across the country. Performing therapy in this way, we can help keep ourselves and all our clients safe from Covid-19. For those patients who are particularly anxious about contracting Covid-19, this type of contact is particularly reassuring.
There are a variety of ways in which therapy can help you to cope with your emotions during the pandemic. Exactly how you can expect therapy to support you will depend on exactly how you are affected.
Countless people are experiencing loneliness because of the social distancing needed to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Therapy for loneliness looks at what loneliness means for you and gives you the tools you need to reconnect with others and overcome your feelings of isolation.
Anxiety is extremely common, particularly during the current time. Talking therapies, such as cognitive behavior therapy or CBT for short, is particularly effective for dealing with feelings of anxiety. Talking therapies look at how your thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes affect your feelings and behavior, and teach you coping skills for dealing with different problems. Talking therapies are also good for helping patients to learn how to cope with stress.
If you are developing bad habits, such as drinking too much, gambling, or other addictive behaviors, your therapist can help you to understand why you are behaving this way and support you in finding other outlets to cope with what is triggering those behaviors.
Grief isn’t a single feeling. As well as overwhelming sadness, people who are grieving can experience emotions such as guilt, anger, regret, yearning, and even relief. Therapy for grief helps you to understand your emotions, accept the reality of the loss, work through the pain of grief and adjust to life without the deceased while still maintaining a connection to them should you wish to.
Find out more about how therapy can help you to cope with the pandemic, contact Stronger Together in San Diego, CA at (858) 434-8100.