Stressed out = when an overwhelming situation pushes you to severe discomfort.
Example = isolating during a global pandemic. Not only did COVID-19 change life for today, but it likely threw a wrench in your future plans: career planning, home buying, or even a vacation. Now the future feels pretty uncertain, and you’re having to refocus on your basic survival. It may be hard to see the light in the distance or feel good about what’s next. And the loss of coping mechanisms due to social distancing is not helping. Stress management can help.
FIRST STEPS TO TACKLING FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN
Recognize your priorities.
You may have been excited about future plans. You will get there, the world will start to recover, and the sun will rise. But what is your priority this day or even this very minute? One thing is for sure: NO ONE is going all in right now. In moments of frustration, it can be good to recognize what’s important, what’s possible, and what’s helpful. Give yourself permission to take care of yourself.
Recognize what is in your control and what is out of your control.
It’s not in your control what happens with the economy. However, it is in your control how to take care of yourself: how and when to get your groceries, how much time you spend watching the news vs FaceTiming with friends. Catch my drift? Write out exactly what is in your control and what is out of your control. Having a plan will help you remedy the former and accept the latter.
Recognize your innate ability to cope.
Anxiety is the overestimation of threat divided by the underestimation of your ability to cope. I know, it’s a global pandemic. But you have overcome a lot…more than you likely realize. What stress management abilities do already have? What are your resources and strengths? How can you use them to get through this? Even looking up this blog is a strength. It shows willpower, knowhow, and the ability to ask for help. So embrace your strengths. They’re profound.
During times like these, physical distancing doesn’t have to actually mean social distancing. Connection is key. At Open Pathways Counseling, we’re here to support you. Call us at (614) 295-9595 or email today for telehealth counseling.