Online Counseling for Coronavirus Anxiety in Franklin, MA—Online Counselors, Therapists
With the onset of Coronavirus, social distancing, and all that comes with it, it can feel like our worlds are spinning out from under our feet. Kids are staying home from school, businesses are closing temporarily, and it can feel dangerous to visit loved ones. The inability to escape the news doesn’t help either. You can hardly turn on your phone without getting an update about the Coronavirus. The Coronavirus has shaken this community to the point that there’s a second epidemic sweeping the nation: Coronavirus anxiety.
The anxiety during this time is a very real and painful thing. It can leave you feeling drained and all-consumed. Thriveworks Franklin is here to stand and tell you:
You are not alone.
Self-isolation and quarantine can make that hard to believe, so we’ll see it again:
You are not alone.
We can’t predict the future, and that’s scary! But Thriveworks Franklin, MA believes in the strength and kindness of our community. We have seen again and again people coming together so we can come out of this time stronger than before. Thriveworks Franklin is proud to be apart of that. To make an online appointment with one of our therapists, please call (617) 360-7210.
The precautions suggested by your local government and world health organizations are absolutely important (the Center for Disease Control as well as the World Health Organization are both reputable, science backed sources). But it’s not time to panic. The urge to hide away with our loved ones and keep them safe at all cost is strong, and sometimes necessary. But while you’re fighting for others in your own unique, powerful way, Thriveworks Franklin is here to remind you to fight for your mental health as well.
Anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other mental health concerns have seen a dramatic increase during this time of Coronavirus panic. Some people are seeing a relapse or a worsening of anxiety and other mental illness symptoms. Others are experiencing for the first time what could be debilitating anxiety. Either way, it is a terrifying place no one deserves to be. It is possible to overcome your anxiety though. The first step is acknowledging the symptoms. A few of them include:
- Checking the news obsessively
- Physical pains in head, chest, or stomach/gut
- Changes in sleep and eating habits
- Thoughts that loop around a worst-case scenario or all the things you should be doing
Everyone experiences Coronavirus anxiety in their own unique way. Some might feel physically ill while others feel like their brains have been hijacked. While you are becoming more mindful of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors, don’t forget:
You are not alone. You are strong and together we will get through this.
For many people, talking to a professional about the thoughts and beliefs that surround your anxiety can help to work through it. Whether your anxiety is around the physical threat Coronavirus poses, the potential economic fallouts, or the stress of self-isolating, Thriveworks Franklin is here to support you however we can.
Millions across the country have similar experiences in anxiety, and millions have overcome it. Thriveworks Franklin is helping those numbers by providing online counseling, so you can receive professional, license help without leaving the safety of your home. Life may feel chaotic and out of control right now, but it is possible to regain control. Our community has shown its resilience and kindness, together we can turn this anxious energy into something positive.
Online counseling can take many forms, including video therapy, online chat, or phone calls. We accept most insurances and also offer a self-pay option. If you have any questions about online counseling, our staff will be happy to help you.
There are of course many practical ways you can maintain your mental health in addition to or instead of online counseling. A few tips our Thriveworks Franklin counselors have include:
- Limit the time you read the news: Schedule three 10-minute session where you read the news from reputable sources. Don’t peek outside those times! Maintaining these healthy boundaries can help you keep your anxiety low while also staying up to date on world and local news.
- Call people outside your immediate circle: If you’re sheltering-in-place, or even just practicing social distancing, you probably see the same people every day, all day. This can be a great situation but mixing up who you talk with can help hugely with your mental health.
- Interact with others from a distance: Try swapping favorite books, movies, or crafts with your neighbor! Place your swap-item outside their door and let the kindness continue!
- Don’t forget those healthy habits: We know the urge to stock-buy from the cookie and chips aisle is strong, but don’t forget to take care of your body during this emotionally draining time. Meals with vegetables and proteins and at-home workouts will help your mental health as well as your physical health.
- Stimulate your brain by trying something new: Now’s the time to scroll Instagram and Pinterest and actually try all those fun activities you’ve saved. Bullet journaling, watercolor paints, meditation, extreme cake baking, wood carving- try something new!
- Don’t forget to live! Learn the piano, start on that construction project you’ve wanted to do, change your hair style, become a plant-parent. You are more powerful than your anxiety, don’t forget to have fun and live!
Thriveworks Franklin will stand by you and your loved one as we stay strong during this time. If you feel yourself being dragged under by uncertainty and anxiety, don’t be afraid to reach out and accept help when you need it. Thriveworks Franklin is here with safe, confidential online counseling to encourage, support, and guide. So, don’t wait to get the support you need. Call (617) 360-7210 today.