This has been a long couple of years. And, yes, you have probably heard a lot of the same advice and it can feel exhausting and tiring. Yet, we are still dealing with uncertainty and unknowns, while there also is hope for normal to return to our lives.
After socializing, if we find ourselves in isolation again, this can be really tough. A stress, anxiety, or even a grief response would not be out of the ordinary. While it has been quite some time that we have been dealing with Covid-19 and we may have found some ways to cope, it is important to recognize how we may continue to be affected by this significant stressor.
Chronic stress can sneak up on us, because we develop a ‘new normal’, where we get used to being in survival mode, managing but not always thriving. As things get better with Covid-19, we may still find we are dealing with anxiety and stress and also feel isolated. And without supports, this can be tougher. And if we know someone who might be struggling but we don’t know how to support them, this can also be so difficult.
Therapy can be of support to you with the right person. But, many people are not ready or not financially able to come to therapy. Maybe they want to help themselves independently until they are ready. Some people going to therapy also want things they can do independently in addition to their therapy.
Not to fear, I am here. You can feel free to reach out to me if you are needing specific supports and I will do my best to give you referrals or resources that I am aware of. In addition, you can see the resources listed below.
Covid-19 Resource Bank 1:
A brief bank that includes helpful websites, free workbooks, & free and confidential crises and support numbers in Ontario.
Covid-19 Resource Bank 2:
A very thorough bank that includes a list of affordable and free therapy resources, helpful websites and self-help resources, free peer support resources, resources for children, resources for health care providers, resources for grief, & free and confidential crises and support numbers in Ontario.
Reminder on things you can do to cope with self-isolation:
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