The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unforeseen and difficult times for all of us. It is common at such times for all of us to experience increased levels of stress and anxiety resulted from fear and social isolation. While we are all facing unique and precedented challenges because of COVID-19, this pandemic has been especially difficult for those who are on the front line, and their mental health is at risk. While providing care for others and striving to balance their own well-being, these individuals become even more vulnerable to the negative effects this crisis has on our mental health. Being in the healthcare field, it is important for all of us to support each other and remind ourselves to take care of our mental health and well-being, while also caring for others during this pandemic.
Long hours and changes in workload may make it difficult to find time to focus on your mental health; however, the strategies below can bring you one step closer to putting your mental health first in order to provide optimal care to both your patients and yourself:
Pallavi Sharma, LPC works with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts and roadblocks, adults facing life changes, children and adolescents dealing with adjustment and anxiety, trauma, and stress. She is currently an EMDR trained therapist who has experience working with trauma as well as unresolved emotional experiences. No matter your age or past experiences, it’s never too late to take control of your life and grow into a better you. Get a counselor who can be your advocate during your next phase of life by making an appointment with Pallavi today!