Outbreaks Can Be Stressful
The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Mental health problems can present as physical complaints (such as headaches or stomachaches) or cognitive problems (such as having trouble concentrating).
Doctors may be more likely to miss mental health concerns.
Common reactions to COVID-19
* Concern about protecting oneself from the virus because they are at higher risk of serious illness.
* Concern that regular medical care or community services may be disrupted due to facility closures or reductions in services and public transport closure.
* Feeling socially isolated, especially if they live alone or are in a community setting that is not allowing visitors because of the outbreak.
* Guilt if loved ones help them with activities of daily living.
* Increased levels of distress if they:
o Have mental health concerns before the outbreak, such as depression.
o Live in lower-income households or have language barriers
o Experience stigma because of age, race or ethnicity, disability, or perceived likelihood of spreading COVID-19.
Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can include
* Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones
* Changes in sleep or eating patterns
* Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
* Worsening of chronic health problems
* Worsening of mental health conditions
* Increased use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Hypnotherapy as a modality in psychotherapy to help with stress and anxiety caused by worry about Covid-19, Coronavirus
I have clients that tell me it is “just how it is.” It is all they have known and accept the internal battle and uneasiness. They are afraid of everything and afraid to feel. This belief can create chaos and it is just Not true! You DO NOT have to live with overwhelming fear and distortions. You DO NOT have to live with overwhelming fear!
When you understand you have options, the fear and worry begins to release its grip on you. You can take back your power and start to feel the freedom. A big step forward is to calmly bring awareness of these fears from subconscious to the conscious mind. It helps when you start to see things through a different lens and you quickly find out it is not as big or scary as you imagined.
As you learn to manage your subconscious mind you will to learn to trust your internal alarm system again. The trust will help you gain confidence and know the difference between real or imagined danger.
Hypnosis is a great way to help you make this change and take charge of your mind.
Kelly-Johnston Counseling, PLLC continues to offer in office as well as in home telehealth therapy sessions for both psychotherapy and hypnotherapy. If you are ready to rid yourself of stress and worries, then book your appointment today, release your anxieties and embrace overall better mental health.
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