Strategies to Combat Depression during the COVID-19 Crisis

Strategies to Combat Depression during the COVID-19 Crisis

Strategies to Combat Depression during the COVID-19 Crisis

The novel coronavirus pandemic has left millions of people confused, overworked, jobless, unmotivated, or stuck.  All of these circumstances can have a negative effect on mental health and lead us down negative or even destructive pathways.  If you have been feeling depressed during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is always important to take care of your mental health first and foremost.  When individual therapy in Orlando is not a suitable option, you want to be sure to take care of yourself.  There are a few strategies you can implement into your daily life to combat the symptoms of depression during this pandemic.

Take a Break

Even though it may seem like the world has stopped, it actually continues, just in a drastically different way.  You may be working from home, which can introduce a new set of challenges.  You may have more responsibilities to take care of your family.  You may have restless kids in your house, or you may be working overtime as an essential worker.  Despite the changes in your life, you should take a break and rest when you can.  This will help you press pause on your life, take a deep breath, and focus on what you need.  

Avoid Media Coverage

Even though staying informed is an important part of staying healthy, it is important to turn off the news coverage after you get any updates.  Avoid spending too much time being glued to the latest coverage, because you may find yourself becoming more depressed.  Instead, stay informed with quick updates, but then be active and do things you enjoy.  Watch a guilty pleasure, go for a walk, or spend time with your loved ones.  These are positive behaviors you'll want to introduce into your life.

Stay Connected

During times where social distancing is advised and many social events have new restrictions, it may seem difficult to stay connected to others.  However, with the widespread use of technology and the internet, you can easily communicate and connect with others.  Video calls, social media updates, phone calls, and social distanced hang-outs are all possible to keep yourself around positivity.   Talk to others about how you've been feeling so you can let out some of your frustrations and be open with friends and family.

Ask for Help

Anytime you are feeling overwhelmed or unsafe, you want to reach out to medical professionals who specialize in individual therapy in Orlando.  Expert therapists and counselors will be able to supply you with strategies to combat your depression and stay safe during this time.  

By following these few strategies, you can work to decrease the overwhelming symptoms of depression during the coronavirus pandemic.  This will allow you to focus on the positive aspects of life and other factors that you can control during this time.  Whenever you are feeling too overwhelmed with depression, you'll want to seek the help in individual therapy in Orlando.  Contact us to hear about our quality counseling services today.

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Heather Oller

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.