Anxiety & COVID-19

A message from Ann Dagle related to anxiety and COVID-19

In this world of uncertainty, we know one thing that is constant in our lives. Change. Currently, life and the news we hear is changing at a rapid pace. So much of what lies ahead is uncertain. Uncertainty brings fear and fear is a close friend to anxiety.

It is said that “life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react to it.” For many Americans struggling with mental health, the 10% rule is easier said than done. You may find yourself increasingly anxious, angry, sad, helpless.

Looking to the future, wondering what is ahead for us is frightening. When we look forward, we are looking at the unknown, worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet. Try your best to stay present with things you can control. It will help ease the uncertainty.

It’s important to remember there are things in our life right now that we can control. You can control your own environment by following the CDC guidelines with social distancing and sanitizing.

Do what makes you feel safe. Have protective factors in place such as support via phone, text, or email. Express your feelings with others and share your thoughts. Safely separate yourself but at the same time know to stay connected.

Find ways to “ground yourself.” For some that may sound silly, but it actually works. Firmly step on the ground and feel the connection to the grass, the sand, or the pavement. In Southeastern Connecticut we are blessed with the beauty of nature. The outdoors are free and it’s yours to enjoy with a walk along the beach, hike the endless trails, whatever it is that takes you outside.

Breathing in and breathing out is another simple and instant way to bring you to the present. Remind yourself to limit your time listening to the news and social media. It’s easy to get caught up in everything that is happening.

Finally, know that you are not alone. If you are struggling, please reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741 or the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255).

Please note – all support groups and programs have been suspended until further notice. We are inquiring about web-based groups and will let you know when and if that may be happening.

Wishing you moments of peace and hope,
Ann

For more resources and inspirational ways to cope with the COVID-19 crisis, please click on the links below.

Grieving Never Stops
This Pandemic of Grief
Coronavirus and the Six Needs of Mourning