Kathy Cap is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in private practice at Trinity Family Counseling Center. She is a graduate of Oakland University with a Masters in Counseling and joins Trinity after a number of years in a solo practice. Kathy enjoys working with couples, and adults of all ages, including those older adults facing an array of life transitions related to health changes, loss, and caregiving.
In times of uncertainty, we often find ourselves becoming increasingly anxious. With 24-hour news stations reporting on COVID-19 and social media bombarding us with information, it is easy to get caught up in all the negativity. It is important to remember that while many things are out of your control, you can still make choices that will have a positive effect on you and can help decrease your anxious thoughts.
While it is important to keep yourself informed during a national emergency, now more than ever it is also important to implement self-care. Here are five things we all can do to help us get through this tough time:
1) Turn off your TV and turn on your radio. Studies suggest that music can boost happiness and reduce stress, so turn up the jams! 2) Make dinner from scratch. Try something new; make your own pizza dough or a pot of soup. Eating healthy will help to stabilize your mood and keep your immune system strong. 3) Do something intentional. Organize that junk drawer or your closet. It helps pass the time and gives you a sense of accomplishment. 4) Call or FaceTime a friend. If you’re stuck at home and bored, chances are others are feeling the same way. Reach out. 5) Get outside and take a walk around the block. Physical activity is another mood booster and fresh air is a natural disinfectant.
You are not alone, we are in this together and we will get through this!