Seasonal Stress and Anxiety: Causes and Management
In 2020, making plans has become increasingly challenging. What will things look like in a week, or a month? Uncertainty has become both a major source of stress and continuously challenges us in how we live.
At no time will that be more problematic for all than the remainder of the year. At this time, many of us are starting to think about the holidays. This is usually a time when we think about reconnecting with family, maybe sitting around with our loved ones sharing a meal and close conversations.
But it’s 2020, and everything has changed. Will you be able to travel to visit friends or family for the holidays? If you are usually the host, will others travel to see you? Are you comfortable hosting people in your home?
There are many challenges and barriers this year. For many, finances have become increasingly limited. Additionally, COVID-19 causes many to question their actions and choices. Is it safe to have more than 10 people in your home? Are you comfortable traveling by plane? These are questions we never asked before, but they have become part of our daily conversations.
There is one thing we can say with certainty. The additional stress in our lives undermines both our physical and mental health. If you are predisposed to depression and or anxiety, you may have already noticed feeling worse than usual. That is some of the hidden, or lesser known cost of the pandemic. We have statistics that tell us about case numbers, deaths and hospitalizations. We can even measure (to some extent) the financial health of many people. I believe the cost to our mental or emotional health has been greatly underestimated.
So what is the takeaway? Make good choices, and make them with your eyes wide open. Be fully aware of the consequences and choices you make and assess them as honestly as you can. That’s part of your self-care routine. Taking care of your physical and mental health will give you greater clarity for decision-making.
If you need help with your mental, emotional or physical health, reach out. Get professional help. Contact a friend. Join an online support group. Seek spiritual guidance. There are many paths to success. We offer one of them, but choose the one(s) that are right for you. Just don’t ignore your mental and emotional health at this time. There will be many challenges for the remainder of 2020. Make sure you have the help and support you need to see you through. If you need additional support, call 855-KET-WELL and start to feel better today!
Dr. Ellen Diamond is the Clinical Psychologist for Ketamine Wellness Centers