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Where do we go from the loneliness and stress?

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If your experiencing stress from not being able to enjoy what you did before? Your not alone. Have you experienced new anxiety or triggers that you haven't experienced before?

Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention states these are some challenges that you may be experiencing.

"Stress during an infectious disease outbreak can sometimes cause the following:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones, your financial situation or job, or loss of support services you rely on.

  • Changes in sleep or eating patterns.

  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating.

  • Worsening of chronic health problems.

  • Worsening of mental health conditions.

  • Increased use of tobacco, and/or alcohol and other substances."

Others are experiencing this too your not alone. Everyone reacts to stress and anxiety differently. It is difficult to not compare to others. You may ask "What can I do?"

Try to find your calm. Go for a morning walk when there is quiet in the air.

Meditate helps. I often teach my clients to meditate, listen to your body, what is it

saying? Calm the soul by listening to your heart.

Listen to your body. What is it saying? Turn off the T.V, if it gives you anxiety. I love

watching home shows, that is my calm.

There are some medias that you can join that are helping with loneliness. Find your fit that gives you joy and peace.

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Children are also going through stress, loneliness, and anxiety due to not going to school or not able to participate in activities that they did before. Find time to listen and talk to your child. They may need to walk with you and meditate. There are some meditation songs on the website to listen too.

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Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

Talking with your child will help them understand that your going through it also. This is a new time but we can get through this and become stronger.

I’d like to be clear that this blog post isn’t intended as professional counseling or clinical advice. If you’re in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional to be evaluated.

Christina Van Arsdale is a licensed therapist in Sun City West. One of her primary specialties is working with children, adolescents, and adults looking for help with anxiety.

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