It’s undoubtedly a stressful time for most of us, including counselors in Orlando and mental health therapists. The Coronavirus pandemic has created changes in the way we live, work, and interact with one another. Life as we know it has been temporarily uprooted, and it’s very normal to feel an array of emotions, like sadness, stress, anger, frustration, guilt, and doubt. Counselors in Orlando and across the globe are using more creative ways to stay connected so these emotions can be processed in healthy ways.
You’re probably wondering how to better stress during this time and all of these strong feelings. What can you do to restore a sense of being “ok” right now? Your counselor will tell you that it can be far too easy to get caught up in all the doom and gloom of these uncertain times.
Your mind tries to plan and protect against negative outcomes. One key skill counseling teaches is how to manage anxiety when you are feeling out of control. As you try to place control over something that you just can’t control, feelings of helplessness often set in. Trying to control what we don’t like is a natural tendency, and it’s ok to notice your desire to have more control, yet forcing control usually just makes matters worse.
Let’s take a look at some helpful strategies that you will want to utilize during the Coronavirus crisis, and beyond.
This practice of being mindful can be translated into any activity. You can choose to pay attention anytime to fully engage in what you’re doing. Notice the sensations of the moment, and let them be just as they are, whether pleasant or unpleasant.
Lastly, identify resources for help, support, and advice. This may be from friends, family, neighbors, or health services. Stay informed, but be mindful of your consumption of media, and know that you don’t have to go through this crisis alone. If you need the support of a professional at this time, please reach out to a therapist or counselor in Orlando and Orlando Thrive Therapy by calling 407-592-8997.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.