Imagining a world before COVID-19 can be hard to do, let alone imagining that COVID-19 has disappeared. Being confined to our homes can be especially difficult because it likely means that daily routines have been interrupted. This period of uncertainty has led to a rise in mental health and addiction challenges for many people, even if they did not suffer from these issues before.
You should know that you are not alone in these feelings, and that there are both healthy and unhealthy ways to cope and manage your stress. Listed below are common ways we tend to think we are helping ourselves and other solutions that might prove more beneficial.
Some of the most common unhealthy coping mechanisms are:
“It is easier to revert back to the unhealthy coping mechanisms—we do it automatically. We are all predisposed to relying on negative coping skills. It’s important to check in with yourself routinely to determine if you are employing healthy coping skills,” says Dr. Jessica Sullivan, Director of Centerstone’s Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.
If you notice yourself feeling anxious, depressed, or just having a difficult time, try using these methods to help. Utilizing these methods will help you address your mental health challenges in a much more positive and long-lasting way:
Centerstone is here for individuals and families facing mental health and addiction challenges. Give us a call at 1-877-HOPE123 or visit www.centerstone.org to learn more.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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