Resources to help you through COVID-19

We are here to not only help you with your ongoing treatment, but any support you through current difficulty we face with COVID-19. 

 

Below are some helpful links. The more you know, the more you can do...the more you can do, the greater control you have and increased coping you create through this uncertain time.

 

Resources for Parents & Families During COVID-19

 

Article: Psychological Impact of COVID-19

 

Article: Things to Do Under Quarantine

 

Article: Managing Stress & Anxiety 

 

I’m having a lot of anxiety because of the coronavirus. Please help.

We get it. It’s hard to sift through the messages and information coming at us. Worse, the “unknown unknown” (not knowing what you don’t even know) can cause even greater anxiety for those of us who are panic-prone.

What you can do:

  1. Center for Psychology and Wellness now offers Telehealth sessions via HIPPA approved virtual platform
  • Call 847-607-1589 or email your provider (or reception at admin@cpwtherapy.com) for any questions/concerns.
  1. Sign up for an online support group with Center for Psychology and Wellness Here.
  • We are now offering the following support group:
  • Anxiety and Social Isolation During Quarantine Group
  1. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram
  • Learn more about coping skills and daily tips on how to manage anxiety and stress.
  1. Remember that knowledge is power.
  • Understanding the factors that affect a person’s immune response to COVID-19 will matter as much as, or more than, understanding the virus! Poor lung health caused by smoking, lack of adequate health care, suppressed immune systems, and/or populations particularly susceptible to infectious diseases, such as the elderly, have been particularly affected by COVID-19.
  1. Don’t accept everything you read or hear.
  • Look beyond rhetoric and arm yourself with information. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides information and frequent updates on the COVID-19’s spread, severity, risk assessment, etc.
  1. Get your emotional support system in place:
  • Maintain familiar routines in daily life as much as possible; take care of your basic needs and employ helpful coping strategies:
    • rest during work or between shifts
    • eat healthy food
    • engage in physical activity-yes, you CAN exercise from home
    • hug and play with your children....or pets!
    • watch your favotire show
    • call your friends-facetime to catch up!
    • be silly, with yourself or others! yes-it is important during this stressful time! 
    • find funny or interesting memes online-there are plenty of them going around! 
    • sign up for a class online you have been meaning to join
    • get back into that hobby you put off because you were too busy! viola-now there is time to color, do art, read, write, knit, train your dog, whatever your come up with!
    • ask your spouse to watch your child and take time in a separate room to yourself-YOU NEED YOUR TIME TOO. No spouse, no problem. Set your child up with an activity or yes, even an electronic for 30 minutes, while you tend to your needs for a bit. 
    • schedule a telehealth session to get support from a licensed professional 
  1. Stay connected with others and maintain your social networks:
    • Have the emails and phone numbers of close friends and family at your fingertips
    • Stay connected via email, social media, video conference and telephone

 

 

 

I’m quarantined or working from home – lonely and isolated even further.

 

What you can do while working from home:

 

To help overcome uncertainty, normality and routine that mirrors life’s daily patterns and practices can be helpful. If working from home, we encourage you to create a structured, dedicated work environment and build in self-care as well as daily benchmarks of achievement:

 

  1. Structure and routine may be helpful for people with mental health vulnerabilities, especially during times of uncertainty (see post above for more information!)
  2. We encourage you to maintain a regular routine with the work hours that are usually worked, including keeping up with morning rituals. Put on clothes, wash up, and get our of your bed. If it is just one of those days for pajamas, that's ok, but at least try to brush your hair and get out of bed! 
  3. Research shows that best sleep practices allow for sleeping and intimacy in bed-not much else! although tempting, do not get into the habit of working, reading, eating or doing other tasks from bed as this can escalate into sleep problems over time! 
  4. Dressing in regular work attire and taking regular breaks, including lunch time, may also be helpful.
  5. Research tells us that seven percent of communication is accomplished through our words, including email.
    • 38 percent is voice and a staggering 55 percent is body language and visual. For people with mental health vulnerabilities, and even for those with extroverted personalities, the lack of face time can be challenging.
      • Using technology to simulate this can offer a solution to bridging this gap.
      • Be mindful of opportunities to integrate video into your conversations with colleagues.
      • Consider using the video function on Skype or Teams for internal and external meetings.

 

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