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Talk Through It

When all else fails, talk it out.

I have found that talk therapy, and group talk therapy have been useful tools for me to stay focused in my recovery. Talk therapy helps me to see other sides to things that I usually would just pass off as “annoying” or “unfair”. I have found during this pandemic, that I tend to get more irritable than usual. Talking about things, whether it is something I am frustrated with, or sad about, is beneficial for growth as human beings, not only just for humans in recovery.

For everyone during the Coronavirus Pandemic, it is important to maintain a good mental health. An NPR article posted by Shereen Marisol Meraji and Lauren Hodges, would agree that social distancing measures has effected many adults mental health. All the stressors that came along with COVID-19 have made stress levels even higher for many adults across the nation.

Even though businesses are closed and we are limited in traveling, therapy options are still available and many options are accessible from home. Telehealth has increasingly become available through many providers. This means that therapy sessions can be completed over the phone, on Google Hangouts, Skype, or even Zoom.

It may seem more uncomfortable spilling your guts to someone who is not actually with you but from my experience, it can feel a lot safer. Talking about personal issues through the phone, or on a video call makes things less confrontational and scary because it is more comfortable when you are in your own safe space. In the comfort of your own home, it is easier to be confident when talking about difficult matters because the environment that you are in is one that you are in control of. You can just sit on your couch with your cat or dog next to you and tell your therapist anything you want.

If privacy is an issue for you, if you have kids or roommates, a good option is to sit in your car. Your car is the ultimate private get away! Another option is to find a quiet place in your home and put on some headphones.

As Meraji and Hodges mention in their NPR segment, if you do not have insurance, many providers will offer a sliding scale rate. Also Medicare does cover Telehealth.

Group therapy is also a good option. In group therapy, you can share your stress, and worries with a group of people who are also going through the pandemic too. They may not be in the exact situation as you, but most likely one person will be able to relate to the emotions you are going through. Group therapy is an important part of my self care because I get to share with a group of women what I am going through and they often have stories similar to mine and suggestions on how to help with any problems.

Two places that can help you find a therapist and start online sessions are TalkSpace, and Psychology Today. Never feel like you have to hide behind your stress. There is always someone who will be able to help.