As an Orlando anxiety counselor, I have had to take time for my own self-care in managing anxiety symptoms. Anytime life changes suddenly there or throws you a curveball, it can take a moment to get your bearings. As humans, we are designed to thrive off of balance and when that balance is threatened managing anxiety symptoms becomes a new norm. As you near the hopeful end of COVID-19 and it's effects on society's health and economy, you need to pay attention to the lessons there are to learn from this tragedy.
This experience challenged everyone on some level and even I had a pure breakdown in the first couple weeks of this virus outbreak and quarantine. While that breakdown was a tad dramatic, it helped me break through all of the feelings and thoughts I was having. It led me to a clearer image of what I had in front of me and the lessons I was going to learn. In this article, I decided to get a bit personal and share my thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Even an Orlando anxiety counselor needs to know how to manage anxiety symptoms. I had to navigate through this entire experience, and shift my mindset into something positive. Take what you want from it! Some might apply, some might not!
These are some of the pieces of gratitude I have gained, thoughts I have accepted (some easier than others) and things I plan to carry with me:
As we look to a more promising future, where people are recovering and businesses are scheduled to re-open, please try to use these as part of a new perspective. While in my anxiety counseling practice, I am used to hearing from my clients how working with anxiety every day can feel for them, it will now be something I have shared with them too. The important thing to remember is that anxiety can be treated even if it feels impossible or hard. I learned to accept that there was a reason for this, and it was a reality check. My outlook on time, work, my health, and the environment have shifted slightly. I highly encourage you to look inward to find your own lessons, apply what you can from here and learn. Grow. Prosper. Share the knowledge you have, you never know who you are helping.
If you'd like to start on a new journey as times start to shift back to normalcy, reach out to a counselor at Orlando Thrive Therapy today. To speak directly to the author of this blog, email us or call 407-592-8997. Until then....keep calm, and thrive on!
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.