How To Relieve Stress, Anxiety, & Depression Related to COVID-19

a young woman struggling from increased anxiety from Covid-19

As Covid-19 restrictions begin easing up in Canada, many are struggling to adjust to the new normal we’ve found ourselves in.

Large communities are trying to cope with the tremendous amount of grief, trauma, and uncertainty for the future that the pandemic has caused.

Living in unprecedented times has taken an emotional toll on everyone, especially those who are battling with anxiety and depression.  Any coping strategies we have relied on in the past may not have been available during the closures.

It’s more important now than ever to take care of your mental health and learn how to heal from the aftermath of the pandemic.

How to Learn About Your Stress, Anxiety and Depression

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on our lives.

Although anxiety, depression, and stress may seem alike, there are a few distinct differences.

There are many shared symptoms between anxiety and depression, such as irritability, insomnia, and trouble concentrating. In fact, almost all of the people who are diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

The main difference between the two mental health issues is that they each stem from different causes and triggers. If left untreated, these disorders can limit your ability to work, maintain relationships, and leave the house.

Stress and anxiety may also seem similar, and while they’re not the same, you can’t have one without the other.

Stress is a response to daily pressures and dangerous or uncomfortable situations, while anxiety is a reaction to stress.

Anxiety takes longer to treat, as it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly what is causing such reactions, whereas stress typically goes away or lessens when the stressor is taken care of.

However, it’s important to take steps to reduce or completely relieve stress whenever possible, since chronic stress can develop in depression and anxiety disorders.

Self-diagnosing is never recommended because it can be incredibly dangerous. Jumping to conclusions about what disorder you may have and receiving treatment for that illness will do more harm than good. The best course of action is to seek a professional diagnosis so that you can begin healing properly.

Changes in Your Daily Routine to Improve Your Mental Health

It can be difficult to deal with anxiety and depression, but changes in your daily routine can help make your life a little easier.

First things first, take breaks from watching, reading, and listening to news stories about the pandemic. Although it’s important to stay informed, an overload of information, which may be inaccurate, can be extremely upsetting.

Meditation is known to help release stress and anxiety. Taking the time to meditate in the morning will give you a sense of calm and peace, helping you start off your day in a more relaxed state.

The infamous saying “communication is key” doesn’t strictly apply to romantic relationships. Reaching out and talking to loved ones and people you trust about your concerns and feelings can greatly help with anxiety relief.

Start Your Journey of Healing With Therapy

The closures and lockdowns have lasted way longer than anyone has anticipated, causing many people’s mental health to worsen.

If you or anyone you know is struggling to deal with depression or is having a hard time coping with the ever-changing times, it’s crucial to seek professional help.

Our counsellors at Capital Choice are trained to help you with anything you are struggling with, whether it’s daily stress or severe depression.

Reach out to us to learn more about how our therapists and counsellors can help you today.