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5 Steps to Care for Your Mental and Emotional Health during COVID-19

These times are not normal. Be prepared to think out of the box.

Rachel Van Wickle, TLMFT

Rachel Van Wickle, TLMFT

Rachel has experience working with teens, individual adults, couples, and families. She helps people navigate managing depression, anxiety, mental health diagnoses, communication, and relational problems. Her work includes a specialized focus helping medical professionals and their families, as well as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS).

Whatever you’re experiencing be sure to take a moment to name and recognize the emotion, with curiosity, not judgement. The bottom line is that we are all going to have different emotional responses to the current crisis in front of us. As written by author Nicki Peverett, “we are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.”

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Please note, the information in this post is not a replacement for personal medical advice.

Today, I would like to share five steps on how to take care of your mental and emotional health during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are not normal times and it is important to be kind to ourselves as we cope with the current situation. Please know that  whatever emotional state you are in is ok. I think right now a lot of people are feeling very alone in their experiences.

Whatever you’re feeling be sure to take a moment to name and recognize the emotion, with curiosity, not judgement. The bottom line is that we are all going to have different emotional responses to the current crisis in front of us. As written by author Nicki Peverett, “we are in the same storm, but not in the same boat.” 

We are in the same storm, but in different boats.

I hope these tips help you feel a bit more in control of your mental and emotional health during COVID-19 and guides you in a helpful way. Remember — we are all in the same storm but are in different boats. Your experience is your experience. It’s ok if your process looks different from another person. Be sure to acknowledge and name your emotions, connect with others, utilize your coping skills, work to make the ordinary extraordinary, and create something to look forward to in the future.

If you’re feeling particularly overwhelmed at this time, are struggling with tasks of daily living, experiencing depressive or suicidal states, panic attacks, or other distressing symptoms, please reach out for help. You don’t have to go through this alone. Our team at Covenant Family Solutions is here for you and we are prepared to support you in any way we can. If you or a loved one are in need of an appointment, please reach out. Thank you and take care.

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