It is so hard to find anyone who is not experiencing some anxiety and depression around this pandemic. When we started this as a world together almost one year ago, how could we have imagined that we would still be in the midst of isolation and uncertainty. Current reports are ranging in reported Americans feeling anxiety and depression is 25 percent higher than the normal baseline. The new term is called Pandemic Fatigue, and it is REAL!!
Loss is the greatest driver of depression. Can we even count what we have lost this year? Maybe loved ones, jobs, homes, socialization and connection, and our sense of safety. It has been a time where all of us have had to take some realistic actions to stop the spread.
What do we do to help ourselves and our family through this? Well here are a few things that may be helpful:
ACCEPT that what you are feeling is so normal. Know you are not ALONE.
Stop and take a breath and just think of some things that you are grateful for in the midst of this strange time. Maybe you have successfully learned to be a zoom master. Maybe you didn’t know how awesome you are at homeschooling. Just maybe you have found some value in the slower pace and increased time with your family. Maybe you have learned a new skill or increased your activity. Or maybe it is just you have survived and that is A LOT!
Find time to do some self-care. Go for a quiet walk in nature and just feel a sense of calm. Take a long hot bath or shower and breathe. Connect with family and friends on zoom or facetime. Find a hobby that you have always wanted to do but never had time. Listen to your favorite tunes while doing some daily activities.
Move more. It is amazing how much calmer you can feel after a walk, run, dance, or bike ride. It changes our perspective a bit when we move our body. It can be sweat it out or just a nice bike ride with your kids, but I think you fill find there is great satisfaction in moving and getting the heart rate up.
If you or someone you know is struggling with depression, please know there are free resources to help. Locally we have the Crisis Line 602-222-9444. Nationally we have the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255.
It is often helpful to seek out a counselor to talk to. ACCS has a staff of wonderful counselors trained and passionate about helping people live their best lives. Call our office and schedule an appointment and see how relieving it can be to share your story with someone who will listen and give you feedback and resources to help you move forward.