By Kristi Sveum MSW, LCS
You are experiencing anxiety because it seems like things are spinning out of control and our world is falling apart around us. We first heard of the coronavirus or COVID-19 a few months ago. Now, it is all we hear about. It seems like every few minutes something is changing.
National Emergencies are Scary and Hard to Process
I’m a Therapist and The COVID-19 Crisis is Even Causing Me Anxiety!
As I check my inbox, it seems like all of the stores/companies I subscribe to have announced what they are doing to keep customers safe in the wake of COVID-19. My entire Facebook timeline is full of people posting articles about COVID-19. So, I just can’t get away from hearing about it.
Here are some tips to help with anxiety amid COVID-19:
Set limits around news and social media to prevent more anxiety
Seek accurate information
Take care of your body
Acknowledge your feelings and anxiety
Connect with others using technology
Follow the directives of your state and local authorities and medical professionals
As tempting as it may be to listen to your friends on social media, please follow the directions that the CDC and governmental officials are sharing to keep you and your family safe and healthy.
Maintain your day-to-day normal activities and routine where possible
Begin online therapy to help ease your anxiety
Your Children May Be Experiencing Anxiety As Well
Here are some ways you can ease your child’s anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis:
Share accurate information
Validate their anxiety
Limit your child’s exposure to media coverage to prevent more anxiety
Keep their routines in place
Maintain some structure to their day
Model good self-care
Consider online therapy for your child
Online Therapy Can Help Your Whole Family Find Relief From Anxiety
Begin Online Therapy in Missouri to Help Manage Anxiety:
If you are feeling anxious or worried about the current state of affairs during the Coronavirus pandemic, online therapy can help you find relief. The therapy team at Aspire Counseling will give you concrete tools to use to manage stress and worry during online therapy sessions that can be held in the comfort of your own home. To get started with online therapy in Missouri, please follow these simple steps:
- Contact our mental health clinic and speak to our care coordinator to make an appointment for a free 15-minute consultation to see if online therapy is a good fit for you or your child,
- Meet with an online therapist for your free consultation. This can be done over the phone or using a video platform to keep you healthy!
- Start online therapy and find relief from stress and worry!
Although Online Therapy Is Appropriate For Mental Health Concerns, It Is Not Appropriate For Clients Experiencing A Severe Crisis. If You Are Currently Having Suicidal Thoughts, Please Seek Help Immediately By Calling The National Suicide Lifeline At 1-800-273-8255 Or The Local Hotline At 1-800-395-2132. If You Are Having An Acute Mental Health Crisis, Please Go To Your Local ER. In The Mid Missouri Area, We Recommend Going To The University Of Missouri ER.
About the Author
About the Author:
Kristi Sveum is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who offers mental health counseling services at Aspire Counseling. Kristi specializes in helping children, teens & young adults. She is passionate about helping young people find a sense of safety, no matter what has happened to them in the past. She takes a cognitive behavioral approach to counseling helping people begin to look at their past, their anxious thoughts or insecurities in a new way.
Other Services Offered by Aspire Counseling
the therapists at our Mid-Missouri mental clinic, believe healing begins when you can look past your hurts, current obstacles, and future worries directly in the eye and can confidently say, “I’ve got this.”
Our counseling team offers a variety of therapeutic services to clients of all ages. Our counseling services include counseling for caregivers, counseling for chronic illness, postpartum counseling, counseling for teens, counseling for college students, counseling for adults, trauma and PTSD therapy, EMDR therapy, counseling for sexual assault and rape, anxiety therapy, counseling for depression, LGTBQ affirming counseling services, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Also, our therapists write our blog on a regular basis. To learn more about our mental health services both in-person and online, please contact our counseling office in Columbia, MO.