It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on how we can live our lives.
Since March of 2020, we have lived through what only a few people in our lifetime witnessed. We've lived through quarantining ourselves and our families, having to separate from loved ones for months (or even years) at a time. Not surprisingly, this has taken a toll on our mental health – individually and collectively.
As the pandemic continues to evolve, it's essential to be aware of how your mental health is being impacted; going to therapy is one way to ensure you're doing that. But why is going to therapy necessary right now? What can it do for you?
More Options Than Ever for Therapy
COVID-19 has opened the door for therapy to become more accessible for everyone. Telehealth, which is where you can have a therapy session online, makes it possible to see a therapist from the comfort of your own home. Not only does this allow you to be flexible in your appointments, but it also means that you don't have to miss an appointment if you're not going to be able to go to an office.
Build Skills to Help You Connect With Others
Social connectedness is one of the most important parts of the human experience. Because COVID-19 has limited the amount of connection people have with others for the past two years, many people report that they have feelings of social awkwardness, losing their social skills, or even feeling uncomfortable around others altogether. Strengthening your "people skills" can help you get back out into the world with confidence and a lot less anxiety. Therapy gives you an outlet to not only vent about
Learn to Cope in Today's World
As we've all learned, living during a pandemic isn't easy. According to Very Well Mind, coping skills are methods you can use to "tolerate, minimize, and deal with stressful situations in life." They are essential to developing to deal with the aftermath of quarantine and the ongoing pandemic. A good therapist can help you develop these based on your life experience, mental health, and things you are struggling with. Without them, it can be challenging to grasp any anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues you may deal with.
Develop Your Toolkit
Going to therapy will allow you to create a toolkit of skills that can help you deal with the challenges that come with living through a pandemic. Life can be tough enough as it is; there's no reason to try and deal with it alone. Kentucky Services offers both telehealth and in-person services at both of our locations.