Psychotherapist, Brain Health Expert, and faculty at The Addictions Academy, Teralyn Sell, Ph.D. is featured in this article about strategies for beating anxiety during the covid pandemic. You can join Dr. Teralyn at the Brain Health Recovery Coach class to learn how to support the health of your client’s brain during the addiction recovery process. Dr. Teralyn also works with individual clients on brain health.
As the pandemic marches on the rates of addiction, suicide and other mental health-related problems have been skyrocketing. We are seeing more and more people complain about anxiety, depression, stress, and fatigue. The constraints and fear of the pandemic are taking a larger toll on people than we ever imagined. To answer the mental health and addiction call, it is important to have an awareness of mental health symptoms and what to do about them.
In this FORBES article, Dr. Teralyn identifies six ways to manage stress, anxiety, and depression during this pandemic.
Focus on what you can control – Identifying what is actually in our control and then worrying about changing that is an easier way to manage stress and anxiety than worrying about things we actually have no control over.
Adjust your inner dialogue – We spend a lifetime cultivating inner dialogue. It is very easy to focus on the negative dialogue especially during times of stress. However, take a minute to think about a short mantra like “I’m ok” to help you replace the stressful dialogue
Use one of your senses, differently – We have powerful senses that we rarely harness to use in a time of need. Using a sense such as taste or smell can snap you into a new emotion.
Focus on routines – Our brain loves routines. So when our routine is even slightly off it might trigger some adrenaline. It is important to create a daily routine and stick to it.
Limit screen time – Watching politics or information about the pandemic can create a fight or flight response. You might find yourself upset or argumentative. Instead, limit your screen time and make sure you shut off electronics at least an hour before bed
Connect with others – Though it is difficult right now it is important to make sure you are connecting with family and friends. Socialization is imperative to mental health.