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 the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at 407-592-8997 for more information.