As the spread of COVID-19 continues to impact many individuals and families, we want to help. We compiled these ideas to help those who are looking for emotional relief resources and strategies.
Managing Anxiety and Stress
If you are experiencing high levels of anxiety during these uncertain times, that is normal. Your body sends you information to alert you whenever it senses a threat. Know that you are processing your anxiety in healthy ways when you’re able to stay relaxed and make rational decisions without feeling overwhelmed or withdrawing. Anxiety can push us to take care of ourselves, but too much anxiety can become problematic. Below are some resources to help you manage your anxiety and stress levels. We’ve also included some information about how to determine when it might be time to ask a counselor or pastor for help.
When Is It Time to Ask for Help?
Often we are able to navigate life’s challenges by ourselves or with help from family and friends. However, there are times when we need to get help from a doctor or counselor. Here are a few indicators that it might be time to seek professional help:
Struggle is preventing you from functioning in a healthy way or is significantly impacting your quality of life.
It’s difficult to resolve an issue through your own ways of coping.
Your current coping mechanisms (e.g., overuse of alcohol or drugs) are potentially destructive.
You are overwhelmed to the point where negative emotions are dominating the way you feel.
You are feeling hopeless and/or losing interest in things that used to bring you joy.
Negative thoughts are preventing you from thinking clearly and making healthy decisions.
You’re experiencing heightened social conflict or a desire for increased social withdrawal that is difficult to control.
Note that thoughts of self-harm or the desire to harm others require immediate attention, including telling family and friends that care about you and contacting a suicide prevention center and/or other resources listed below. If you feel like you are in immediate danger or are a danger to others, go to a behavioral health hospital (options below) for a free assessment or seek medical attention by dialing 911.
If you decide to talk with a counselor, we’ve created a simple way for you to receive a counseling referral. We’ve helped thousands of people connect with vetted, licensed professionals. Many of these counselors are able to meet with you virtually. Use our search to find a counselor on our list with expertise that matches your situation. Find a Counselor.
For those of you with existing emotional health conditions: Please be aware of your symptoms, and keep in touch with your mental health professionals to stay on track.