Feelings of anxiousness, depression, anger, are just some of the new emotions many are experiencing as individuals and as a culture, and perhaps what was felt to a degree BEFORE the Covid-19 pandemic, is AMPLIFIED now, to the point that individuals aren’t sure what to do, how to live in this “new normal”, what’s expected or how to navigate daunting emotions.
The truth is, outbreaks can have a major impact on people emotionally, and mentally, and stress does effect our physical bodies.
Fortunately, no one is alone in those feelings, and there is such a demand for ADDRESSING those emotions, thoughts, and feelings, that for the first time in history Medicare has Okayed teletharapy; therapist and psychiatrist can provide care to patients through apps.
Many other (FREE) resources are offered now; like the new Facebook Group monitored and run by professional therapists called: “Free Public Support Group to Manage Coronavirus Anxiety” along with the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) subreddit group online “COVID19_support”. Video calls with psychologists at Better Help, AmWell, Doctor on Demand, and Wellnite begin with a quick online questionnaire where you choose a payment plan and meeting frequency, and a therspist speaks with you within a few hours or days.
Some tele-therapy sites are offering specials right now, due to increased stressed and trauma related to COVID-19- some of the sites are: Larkr, Real, ReGain, AbleTo, and MDLive.
Bottom line: Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your emotional health? *check out USA Today’s online article titled : “Coronavirus: Stressed, depressed, and feeling bad? You’re not alone. Where to get free help online” for more info.
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