What we are learning from COVID and the rise of the Delta variant
No one is immune to anxiety and depression. Many have found themselves struggling with one or both of these challenges this past year during the COVID pandemic and now with this second wave of the Delta variant. The worldwide effects of the COVID pandemic have lifted the veil that was maintained by generations worldwide on mental health issues. The prolonged increased uncertainty and stress have resulted in unprecedented levels of anxiety and depression. People have been forced to deal with it. However we have arrived here, the stigma is breaking down. You are thus invited to share in a new way of thinking and reinforce it in others.
- Reframe anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges as an injury that can be treated and healed. Speak about these mental health issues the same as you would speak about any other health issue, like diabetes, high blood pressure or even a broken bone.
- Listen to people who talk about their struggles in effort to give permission to them being human.
- Speak honestly and frankly about your own mental health struggles if you or someone you know has experienced the same.
- Invite people to seek professional help. Tell them they should take as good of care of themselves as they take of their car. Encourage a tune up!
- Check back in with the person who has shared they “are not ok.” Listening and checking back in helps reduce the pressure they are feeling from believing they have to pretend they are ok.
Mostly, give permission for them to be human and support for them in dealing with it. This could make a tremendous difference in someone else’s life. Also, remind them they have free sessions through your company EAP program. Arbor Family Counseling – 402-330-0960 – answered 24 hours/7days a week or email us through our website, www.arbor familycounseling.com. We look forward to helping you!