Written by Kelly Couture, MEd, LPC-S
Over the past year, our world has been altered. The global pandemic has led to loss of lives, jobs and income. The way our children are educated has changed drastically, which has been an adjustment for parents, students and teachers. These are truly uncertain times, and uncertainty can lead to anxiety, depression and a general feeling of fear. Our routines have been transformed and we do not know what to expect in the days and weeks to come. Fear is a very real emotion and it makes complete sense that many of us would feel fear in light of the stressors we are currently facing.
When you feel fear, remember that you are not alone and your feelings are valid. Below are ways that you can care for yourself when feeling afraid about your circumstances and the future.
- Talk to a member of your support system in order to share your feelings and to feel less isolated.
- Engage in self care rituals including reading a book, doing yoga, abstaining from social media, moving your body, taking a bath, etc…
- If you believe in a higher power or engage in spirituality, make sure to tap into that energy to feel a sense of peace and calm.
- Make time to cuddle with your pet if you have one. Pets can reduce anxiety and depression, and increase positive emotions.
- Engage in mindfulness activities to focus on the here and now instead of fretting about the future.
- Talk to a mental health counselor if your fears are becoming debilitating or are affecting your daily functioning.
There are many ways that we can develop a sense of security in times that feel chaotic and worrisome. There are also people in our communities who can help. Validate your feelings as they are there for a reason. We can get through this together.