Category: Cold / Flu / Virus

March 30, 2020
Wholeness, COVID 19, mental health, grief, loss, sleep, emotions, natural telemedicine, colorado

This is an unprecedented time. We are traveling through uncharted territory. 

Are you feeling uncertain, anxious, afraid, displaced, isolated or a sense of loss?

 

In the midst of a global pandemic, citizens of the world are experiencing similar feelings. We know it’s not always comforting to hear “You are not alone!”

However, as you practice social distance, isolation, or quarantine you might have the very real sense of being alone. The way you are feeling is not unreasonable. The way you are feeling is founded and present and not discounted by the experience of others.

How will you respond to these feelings?

It is important to remember that while there are many things you cannot control like: the global health crisis, the economy, decisions at the state and national level, whether your neighbors are practicing social distancing, you do have control of how you respond to uncertainty in the world.

You have choices about your thoughts, your words and your actions. You can center your mind and body. 

WE ARE WITH YOU.

WE CAN HELP.

Read on for advice from the Wholeness Team about how to center during uncertainty. 

ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEELINGS 

Doreen Horan is a Counselor at Wholeness. For Doreen, Coronavirus = Change = Loss = Grief. It’s important to recognize and acknowledge the feelings you might be having. 

What Grief Looks Like:

  • Losses include: contact with people, employment/finances, school activities, social activities, childcare, cancellations of special events/travels, limited healthcare, support groups, emotional abandonment, and isolation to name a few.
  • We have strong emotional responses during unresolved grief.
  • Some natural reactions to grief are to experience nightmares, restlessness, inability to concentrate, lack/change of appetite, irritability, tearfulness and social withdrawal.

Doreen Offers 7 Helpful Things To Do As You Acknowledge and Process Your Feelings:

  1. Tell your story/your COVID-19 experience, write your story
  2. Develop trusting relationships
  3. Access art, music, and forms of play for outlets
  4. Engage in exercise, connect with nature, pray/meditate
  5. Identify and verbalize your feelings around COVID-19
  6. Increase healthy connections through phone calls, virtual support, FaceTime, emails
  7. Identify positive things about the necessary precautions and social/physical distancing

LIMIT INFORMATION INTAKE

Sandra Fortson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at Wholeness. Sandra tells us that information overload can cause feelings of extreme anxiety.

Trusted Sources of Information about COVID-19:

 Sandra offers tips for preventing information overload:

  1. Pick one trusted source of information and utilize it when you have questions
  2. Set an amount of time for watching and listening to news sources.
  3. Limit or eliminate your time on social media.
  4. Rather than watching the news choose a funny video or movie. 

PRACTICE SELF CARE 

Dr. Brooke Schneider is a Psychiatrist for children, adolescents and adults at Wholeness.

Jen Strating is a Bio Feedback Specialist at Wholeness.

They teach us that practicing self-care is one way you can soothe your emotions when things seem overwhelming.

What Self-Care Looks Like:

  • Find Distractions: Adult coloring pages, puzzles, cleaning and organizing
  • Engage in hobbies: Woodworking, knitting, cooking
  • Exercise in nature: Although we are in a period of isolation, connecting with nature while you briefly exercise alone is centering.
  • Create art
  • Smile and Laugh
  • Connect: call, FaceTime, or write to friends
  • Journal: Find a special journal (or make one) to record your thinking during this period of time

Dr. Brooke offers advice on a practical self-care strategy: Sleep Hygiene

  1. Prepare for sleep at least 60 minutes ahead of time.
  2. Put away all electronics.
  3. Turn down lights or turn off overheads and turn on lamps.
  4. Practice aromatherapy by placing calming oils in your diffuser – lavender is a great choice!
  5. Take a warm bath.
  6. Practice gratitude.
  7. Listen to soothing music.

Jen talks us through the self-care strategy: Calming Breaths

  1. Find a comfortable place to sit. Feet on the floor.
  2. Place your hands on your belly.
  3. Inhale through your nose, noticing how your belly fills with air.
  4. Exhale through your mouth, noticing how your belly deflates. 

You will inevitably experience feelings related to this world-wide pandemic. It’s important to acknowledge your feelings, limit information intake and practice self care. These are three ways you can remain in control of your emotions, and centered, when the world feels out of control.

Appointment Scheduling:
Please contact the Wholeness Center if you need to speak with one of the members of our mental health care team. We will be honoring existing mental health appointments and scheduling new appointments via telehealth – phone or video conferencing.

Please reach out to our staff if you have questions or concerns – especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Please call 970-221-1106 or email info@wholeness.com.