There is no doubt that we are living in absolutely unprecedented times. In addition to dealing with a serious global pandemic, many people are uncertain about the future of their jobs. We’re worried about friends and family members who may be susceptible to coronavirus. We’re getting stir crazy from having to stay indoors. We’re frustrated at a lack of necessary groceries and supplies.

Needless to say, people may find that they need someone to talk to — and that’s okay! At Two Rivers Counseling, we’re here to help. If you need to speak with a therapist during COVID-19, we want you to know that we’re now offering fully confidential online counseling sessions. We’re all in this together and it’s absolutely vital to know that even during this tough time, you can get the help you need. Don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule your appointment.

With that in mind, we’d like to offer some encouragement. Are you wondering what you can do to cope with the difficult time we’re living in? Keep reading to learn more. 

Mental Health and COVID-19

Be Honest About Where You’re At

Whether you’re at home with roommates, partners, or family, you have certainly found that new challenges have presented themselves. No matter the type of person you are, it’s important to recognize that you need some time for yourself, even when there’s nowhere to go. 

That’s why it’s so important to be honest with the people around you about your needs. You don’t have to be aggressive or argumentative. Instead, take the time to think about how you’re feeling and what your specific needs are, and then start a conversation. 

Be Patient With Others

Of course, there are two sides to that coin. It’s also more important than ever that we be gracious to those around us. We’re all dealing with this pandemic differently and many feel cooped up. 

You may find that your temper is shorter and you’re more easily annoyed. It’s okay to give your loved ones some space if that’s what they need. Don’t take it personally. Be kind, offer encouragement, and ask how you can help.

Reach Out to Others

We’re fortunate to be alive in a time where connecting with people in different parts of the world has never been easier. That also means that we can easily check in on friends and family members who don’t live nearby. Many of us have also found that we have more free time now. That’s both a blessing and a curse, but look at the upside — it certainly frees you up to reach out to the people you care about.

Take the time to have a video chat with your parents. Do a virtual happy hour with some friends. Make a phone call to a coworker and ask how they’re doing. Connection is so important and as soon as we realize we’re not in this alone, the better. Finding ways to reach out to the people we care about helps to reframe things — we may not be together, but we’re all in this together.

Don’t Be Afraid to Speak With a Counselor

At Two Rivers Counseling, we are proud to offer counseling that is professional, personal, and effective. Whether you’ve been to therapy before or you’re thinking about it for the first time because you’re not sure how to handle life in the time of the coronavirus, we’re here to help.

Dr. Post-Holmberg is an experienced therapist with years of experience in helping people deal with the difficulties that arise in life. As we mentioned at the beginning of this post, the time we live in is unprecedented. Thankfully, it is possible to find help, encouragement, and relief during these trying times. 

No matter the specifics of your situation, if you need someone to talk to who can help you process what is going on around you, look no further. When you choose to see Dr. Post-Holmberg at Two Rivers Counseling, you’ll find a welcoming attitude and a positive outlook that can be downright refreshing. We now offer counseling sessions online, so book an appointment today. You deserve to have someone you can count on, so don’t hesitate to get in touch any time. We look forward to talking with you!