The year 2020 is certainly one that will go down in history. With a global pandemic, social unrest, and record-breaking natural disasters, just about everyone has experienced some kind of significant change in their life this year. Maybe you’ve recently transitioned to working from home. Or perhaps you or someone in your family has experienced sickness or loss due to Covid-19. At a minimum, most people are adjusting to a new normal that involves less social interaction and more time spent at home. All of these changes mean that more people than ever before are suffering from stress and anxiety in this unprecedented year.
At Blair Wellness Group of Beverly Hills, we specialize in treatment for anxiety as well as a variety of other mental health issues. In today’s blog, we want to explore several strategies you can use for nurturing your mental health and coping with today’s challenges.
Take a Moment to Examine How You Feel
The first step in coping with the anxiety and stress that you are feeling is to actively identify and acknowledge how you feel. Many people go about their daily lives never really stopping to pause and focus on their feelings. Times of change are especially stressful and they not only affect our mental state, but they can spill over into our physical health as well. Taking the time to realize what you’re feeling — whether that be anxiety, depression, fear, or something else completely different — is the best way to address it and find a healthy way to cope.
When you’re dealing with unexpected changes in your professional, social, or family life, not taking care of yourself can make it even more difficult. The best way to cope with stressful situations or major life changes is to establish a self-care routine that will better prepare you to handle whatever comes your way.
Maintaining a regular exercise schedule, eating healthy foods, and getting enough sleep are all ways that you can practice taking care of your physical self but don’t forget to focus on your mental and emotional health as well. Take time to meditate, write down your goals, or reach out to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. These are all simple ways that you can foster positive mental health.
Remember the Things That Are Within Your Control
Sometimes it may seem as though your world is spiraling out of control and you just want things to go back to being the way they were. When you’re dealing with unexpected changes or a particularly difficult time in your life, it’s important to remember and take solace in the things you can control. Doing so helps you to feel more empowered and brings more balance to your life.
Seek Help When You Need It
One of the most important lessons to learn when you’re dealing with the stress and anxiety that comes with change is that you don’t have to deal with it all on your own. Sometimes the most important thing you can do for your mental health is to reach out for help.
At Blair Wellness Clinic of Beverly Hills, we specialize in treatment for anxiety, stress, depression, anger management, addiction, and more. Our concierge-style of care lets patients direct-pay for their services so they can get the help they need, when they need it, without having to rely on insurance.
Don’t wait to seek help — call today at 310.999.4996 to schedule an in-person, telephone, teletherapy, or virtual session.