Coping with Anxiety (COVID-19)

by Darcie
Darcie and Logan in Bali | The Realationship Project

Hello, friends! How are you doing?

Crazy times right now, isn’t it?

It’s been a struggle for everyone, including myself. Even with all of the tools, resources, and support I possess as a therapist, it’s still been a lot.

So, if you are experiencing stress and anxiety, you are most definitely not alone.

There’s so much uncertainty, and humans like certainty. It helps us to feel safe.

But right now, so much is changing day-to-day that it’s hard to count on anything.

In fact, just last night, the governor of California directed all residents to stay at home unless absolutely necessary. It’s been a bit hard to process this directive.

As a mental health professional, I’m being leaned on heavily. While I’m grateful for the privilege to support others and continue earning an income, it also takes a toll on me emotionally.

I am doing what I can when I’m not working to de-stress and focus on things that bring me joy and comfort. This has been a reminder to me that even in difficult times, it’s not only okay to engage in activities that bring joy and laughter, but it’s absolutely necessary.

Here’s a list of things that are helping me right now:

-creative writing

-cooking and baking

-cuddling with my husband and dog

-exercising/movement

-fresh air in my backyard or on trails near my house

-reading

-tea (limiting caffeine)

-skype dates with friends

-watching our wedding video (so grateful we were able to get married last fall, especially with so many people cancelling their weddings now)

-mantras/reminding myself that this won’t last forever

I hope you have found some of your own!

If you are searching for additional resources, I provide some on my therapist Instagram account. I’d love to connect with you there. There are also an abundance of wonderful therapist accounts who are providing resources during this time (check my follow list for suggestions).

Wishing you comfort, peace, joy, and laughter during this incredibly difficult time. We will get through this together.

XOXO

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