ByAri Jacobson, LCPC
March 19, 2020
I think we can all agree, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has been a big change to our daily lives.
I think we can all agree, the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has been a big change to our daily lives. However, during this change, it is our responsibility to ourselves to do our best to cope with every change that must be made. Still, the one thing we don’t want to change is our focus on our own mental health. Think of all the work you have done to improve your mental health, develop new coping skills, and resolve interpersonal issues. Especially, at a time like this, those skills and time spent working on our mental health have never been so important.
So, now we must shift the way we focus on taking care of our mental health. We must switch to telehealth, which can allow us to participate in social distancing while also ensuring our safety. Telehealth may seem intimidating at first, but only because it is something new. Telehealth allows us to work with our therapists and medication providers in the comfort of our home and to continue the work we have already begun. This should be viewed as a change in services, rather than a roadblock to mental health treatment.
This will be a transition period. The goal is to eventually return to whatever we can consider “normal.” At this time, we should view this as a chance to succeed. Yes, we might be stuck at home. Yes, we are unsure of how long this virus may last or how long we will be in flux. But, the one thing we know we can control is our efforts to continue to focus on our mental health. Take this time to learn new techniques to practice at home. Meditate. Journal. Exercise. Learn a new skill. And most of all, keep up with your mental health appointments.
Call us at 443-442-1568 to schedule an appointment with your therapist and/or medication provider. We are here to support you in your journey.
Aspire Wellness Center is still accepting new clients for Telehealth who have state Medical Assistance as well as most plans with Carefirst and Medicare. Give us a call today to keep moving forward, and most of all… stay healthy!
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