So here we are in August. Still coping with the fears and uncertainty of the Covid- 19 pandemic. We have gone from the hysteria of March to hopefulness in early summer to a sense of resolve and acceptance as the summer comes towards its end. We have all attempted to find a place of normalcy in an extremely abnormal situation. My message in this blog today is short and exact. It is important that as we attempt to cope with these challenges, that we are mindful we are all experiencing a form of trauma.
Some common responses to trauma:
- intense emotional distress when reminded of traumatic event
- intrusive and or anxious thoughts
- sleep disturbances
- depressed mood
I encourage my patient’s as well as myself to never give up hope. Hope allows you to recognize there is going to be another day. I encourage my patient’s and myself to practice self care. It is very important to take care of yourself physically, mentally and emotionally during times of trauma. Most importantly do not feel bad if you are not getting everything right. Be kind and understanding to yourself. Slow down and breathe. Take a moment and enjoy the warmth of the sun. Remember to laugh. Instead of focusing on what you have lost begin to be grateful for what you have. It’s ok to feel how you feel. This is just a moment in time.
Be safe and keep moving forward.
Alicia Lurry MA LPC