Within this past year there have been many triggers for fears, worries, and/or intrusive thoughts. Uncertainty about the future, missed opportunities, worries about family members, and social isolation can all lead to feelings of anxiety. During a June 2020 survey the CDC reported that 40.9% of respondents reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition, including symptoms of an anxiety disorder or a mood disorder. While we may be on a good path with COVID-19, as vaccinations roll out, optimizing your coping is still important:
Take care of yourself: Eat as well as possible, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and make time for exercise and other hobbies.
Stay connected: If you feel anxious about seeing someone in person, you can still reach out via phone, text, or video call.
Seek out psychotherapy: Many have learned during the pandemic that mental health is important and there doesn’t need to be any stigma in seeking help.