Our world today is vastly different than it was a few weeks ago. Before this crisis, society had developed numerous initiatives to normalize emotional health issues and mental illness. The realities of the crisis occurring around the globe have created feelings of uncertainty, fear, stress, and loss for many. Despite our best efforts, many still find themselves unable to stand up and say, “I’m not OK”.
As a therapist, I encourage clients, friends, and family to reach out to others as a matter of routine self-care. The events we are living are unprecedented, and it is natural to feel overwhelmed by it all, especially self-isolation and physical distancing. If you are having difficulty coping (or like me, even simply taking it all in), I can’t stress enough the importance of reaching out to someone to share your thoughts and feelings. You might be surprised to find out that you aren’t alone and how much support is out there. Technology has its benefits in allowing us to connect in virtual ways. Many therapists, like myself, are offering support via video calls and phone calls.
At times like this, It’s OK not to be OK.