Conquering COVID Stress

May 5, 2020
There are a couple of constants amid the changing instructions, differing opinions, and updated news stories swirling around the global coronavirus pandemic: fear and anxiety.

Those difficult emotions are nearly impossible to escape because our everyday lives have been upended. Workplaces and schools are closed. Events have been canceled or postponed. And we’re worried about our health, bank accounts, and 401K plans. But how should we handle all the unexpected stress? And when should we get professional help?

Supporting the mental health of our community is important at Hancock Health, so we asked one of our experts for a few tips to guide us through these uncertain times.

“I guess it all comes back to the idea that we’re all in this together. I think that’s why it’s so important for us to have these conversations—so we’re aware of where our thermostat lies in regard to our moods and anxiety,” said Dr. Ben McAllister, of Hancock Counseling and Psychiatric Services.

With that in mind, here are a few of McAllister’s tips for handling difficult emotions:

As we navigate the coronavirus pandemic, we’re likely to experience an array of different emotions—everything from gratitude to fear and anger. The guidelines above will help with many of them. But if you have additional questions or want to talk to a professional, contact us. And, remember, we’re all in this together!

Dr. Ben McCallister’s office is at Hancock Counseling and Psychiatric Services, 120 W. McKenzie Road, Suite F, Greenfield. He can be reached at 317-468-6200.




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