Managing Mental Health During COVID-19
Updated: Oct 7, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an immeasurable impact on both the physical and mental of people all around the world. The need to social distance in order to avoid the spread of the COVID-19 virus has left many feeling isolated, anxious, and alone. Most people, even self-identified introverts, are social creatures to a degree and need some amount of social interaction and touch in their lives. The economic impact that many have experienced from being out of work has also contributed to anxiety and depression rates in Baltimore, the US, and beyond. The extreme and unprecedented changes brought on by the pandemic means that now more than ever is it essential to make your mental health a priority in your day-to-day life. This has lead many individuals to seek out a therapist in Baltimore and beyond in order to help them on their mental health journey.
Reasons to Seek a Therapist in Baltimore and Beyond
Feelings of stress and fear are completely normal and are a shared experience of many who are dealing with the complexities of the pandemic. When working towards maintaining your mental health, it is important to first look that the ways in which the pandemic may be affecting you.
Symptoms of increased COVID-related stress and anxiety include:
· Worsening chronic health problems
· Increased substance use (caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, drugs)
· Changes in sleep or eating habits
· You have difficulty sleeping or getting to sleep.
· Difficulty concentrating
· Fearing or worrying about your health and the health of loved ones
The Importance of Mental Health
Mental health plays a role in your ability to make decisions, regulate your emotions, and to take care of your physical health. Finding healthy ways to relieve your stress and cope with difficulties is an important factor in your mental health plan.
Some healthy coping mechanisms include:
· Exercising or dancing
· Learning a new language
· Playing a musical instrument or singing
· Starting a garden – either a flower garden or a fruit and vegetable garden
· Taking care of your emotional health
· Writing – Either journaling, poetry, or writing stories
How to Find A Therapist in Baltimore During the Pandemic
As you move forward, you may find that you would like some additional assistance in working towards your mental health goals. When looking for a therapist in Baltimore, you may find that telehealth therapy is a great option for you. B'well Counseling believes in a new approach to counseling. We are now accepting new clients for our online telehealth therapy sessions during COVID-19. Contact us today to get in touch with a therapist in Baltimore who can help.
About B'well Counseling Services
B'well Counseling Services is a mental health therapy practice offering a full range of therapeutic services including behavioral therapy in Towson, MD and the Greater Baltimore area. We believe in helping people rekindle their curiosity and reconnect to their core selves so that they can truly be well. We value wellness and connection over happiness because we understand that being able to experience the full range of human emotions and experiences is what helps us heal and grow. At B'well, we are dedicated to creating a space for anyone who has ever felt unwelcome because of their identity, orientation, or expression.