By: Michael Mannix, behavioral health therapist at Mirmont Treatment Center
In the midst of the current pandemic, it’s easy to feel weighed down or overwhelmed by feelings of grief, sadness, loss, anxiety or loneliness. For most of us, it has changed the way we live and work and required us to limit or completely eliminate person-to-person interaction with colleagues, friends and family members.
There is no “right” way to deal with or recover from a national health event like this but, in addition to the sadness and grief you may feel, I encourage you to reflect on your personal growth over the past several weeks.
Many people, including members of our own Mirmont Treatment Center and Main Line Health teams, have a renewed focus on mental and physical health. Some of us have developed new rituals while others have revisited hobbies they always enjoyed but rarely had time for in the bustle of a busy life.
When things return to normal—whatever that may look like!—don’t forget about the practices, activities and habits that you practiced during your time at home and how they improved your mental and physical wellbeing. Ask yourself: ‘What changes have I made that I want to continue to incorporate into my daily life?’
These don’t have to big promises or commitments. Consider:
- Making a commitment to limiting your news consumption
- Reserving one day a week to be “plan-free” so you can be with family and friends
- Keeping up with daily walks or fitness routines
- Setting aside time at the beginning or end of each day for mindfulness
- Continuing the hobbies or activities that brought you joy during time at home (reading, gardening, family meals, etc.)
Mental health support after COVID-19
This has been and will be remembered as a difficult time for so many, particularly all of those who have experienced a loss or otherwise been personally affected by COVID-19. If you’re feeling anxious, depressed, isolated or overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, I encourage you to reach out.
Mental health is not something that we should only be thinking about in a crisis. The Mirmont Treatment Center team is here to help you find ways to address your mental health needs in a safe, healing and compassionate environment.