Coronavirus and Social Distancing Support in Denver, CO
The recent COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on the social and economic lives of all of us. If you’re not sure how to handle the onslaught of news, panic, fear, and lifestyle changes brought on by the coronavirus—you’re not alone.
At the Counseling Center of Cherry Creek, all of our therapists have a wealth of experience in helping individuals and couples navigate the type of increased anxiety and stress that we are facing in these times.
If you live in Colorado and you’ve been struggling with feelings of panic, anxiety, hopelessness, confusion, anger, sadness, and uncertainty, you can call our counseling office at any time to speak with a staff member about our coronavirus support options.
We Know What You’re Going Through
Shelves that once were stocked with hand sanitizer bottles are empty, face masks are running low for medical professionals, and it can feel impossible to escape the onslaught of news about emerging cases of the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. You may have close family and friends who have been affected by the virus here at home or in different parts of the country or world. You may miss your job and co-workers, and be unsure about what to do while you are quarantined at home. And, you may be stuck at home all day with family members whom you are not used to being around as much, which can certainly create some challenges.
Do we panic? Or do we not? When every other headline is telling you to act differently, it can be hard to organize your thoughts and manage your anxiety in the face of global apprehension. The general feeling of confusion and loss of control is a very common feeling for most of us at this point. The loss of control and the struggle with the unknown is very real and typically triggers anxiety in many of us.
How our Denver Therapists Can Help
During this challenging time, our therapists can support you in many aspects of your life to cope most effectively. Here are some things we may talk about with you:
Find Quality Resources. There’s a lot of conflicting information online that can influence how you feel about COVID-19, and finding a source that’s reliable is a key way to avoid falling into a stress spiral.
Remember What You Can Control. Remember the basics that professionals are recommending, handwashing, disinfecting surfaces, avoiding crowds, etc. Because times are uncertain, remember to hold onto the facts that we do have at our disposal. But overall, accept that so much of the COVID-19 outbreak is out of your control. And understand your anxiety comes from a place of wanting to make sense of uncertainty—which is human.
Continue or Increase Your Self Care Practices. This can be as simple as eating well, drinking water, sleeping, finding ways to exercise or move your body, mindfulness practice, etc. You must take care of yourself first so that you are also able to be available for your loved ones.
Set Boundaries with Your Phone. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by constant push notifications from a news app or Twitter, for example, know it’s OK to disable the alerts to protect your emotional health.
Cultivate Moments of Hope. Savoring moments of small wins, gratitude, positive interactions can really go a long way.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to ease your increased feelings of distress. And, keep in mind our therapists are very individually focused, so rest assured that your phone or video session will be focused on your individual needs and challenges during this time.
Contact the Counseling Center of Cherry Creek Today
To help you navigate these confusing times, we are offering phone and video sessions to help you cope with the uncertainty, panic, and stress accompanying coronavirus and ways you can ease some of that very real anxiety.
Contact the Counseling Center of Cherry Creek today by calling (720) 457-3342 and ask to schedule a counseling session with one of our experienced therapists.