One year since Covid
It is now January 24, 2021 ... COVID-19 began to change the world when it was first discovered in Wuhan China, on the 5th of January 2020.
In one year the world has recorded ...
- 99 million cases worldwide and counting
- 2.13 million deaths
Those who survived, are likely experiencing residual physical and mental health issues. While Hypnotherapy has helped me to overcome many of the mental health impacts, such as stress and anxiety, a return to prior physical health status is unlikely ... the goal now is to do the very best with the cards dealt, and move on.
COVID-19 presents significant personal challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions and reactions.
Social distancing and mask-wearing reduce the spread of COVID-19 but often make us feel isolated, fearful, and lonely. This leads to increased stress and anxiety and reduced health status and weak immune responses to the virus.
Healthy Ways to Cope
- Take care of your physical and mental needs - be aware of how you are feeling
- Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate - induces relaxation and calm
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals - ensures the body is getting the nutrition it needs
- Exercise regularly - muscles need to be used
- Get plenty of sleep - at least 8 hours per day is a good target
- Avoid excessive alcohol, tobacco, and substance use - none of these are helpful
- Continue with routine health interventions - listen to your healthcare provider.
- Get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine when available - the vaccine is safe!
Helping Others Cope
Take care of yourself so you are better equipped to take care of friends, family, or loved ones, who may turn to you in their time of need. During extended periods of social distancing, it is especially important to break connections with your friends and family. Helping others cope with stress through phone calls or video chats can help you and your loved ones feel less lonely or isolated.
Mental Health Crisis
If you are struggling to cope, there are ways to get help.
Call your healthcare provider, if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. If you are experiencing despair or having thoughts of suicide, help is available. https://www.cdc.gov/injury/features/be-there-prevent-suicide...
This article may be very helpful ... https://www.bethe1to.com/bethe1to-steps-evidence/
Know the suicide warning signs including:
- Feeling like a burden
- Being isolated
- Increased anxiety
- Feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Increased substance use
- Looking for a way to access lethal means
- Increased anger or rage
- Extreme mood swings
- Expressing hopelessness
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Talking or posting about wanting to die
- Making plans for suicide
Seek help ...
It is not hopeless, there is always a path to something better ... therapy is available to overcome issues such as anxiety, stress, fear, and negativity.
Set your top priority on your mental health and take action to obtain the help you need.
Therapies such as hypnotherapy and psychotherapy can make a big difference and help guide you out of the darkness. There is no shame in asking for help ...
Wishing you all the very best future outcomes ... move on, and make the very best of your personal situation!