We are experiencing a challenging time and are facing a number of uncertainties together. Under times of stress, it’s understandably human to have uncomfortable feelings like anxiety, sadness, anger, loneliness, or confusion. Perhaps you’re finding it difficult to fall asleep, to focus, or do any number of things that came easily in the past.
While these experiences can be uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful, it can help us to acknowledge that they’re important. Our feelings are deeply connected to our needs and our values – they tell us helpful information about what we need and what’s important to us.
Since so much of what is happening in the world is beyond our individual control, it can be helpful to switch gears and ask ourselves some questions: what is within my control right now?
What do I need and how can I help myself in this moment? Can I take a break from social media and the news? Would some fresh air and a walk help? Can I connect with a friend to talk? Do I need to sit and breathe? What are some ways to safely express my feelings? Can I give myself permission to stop worrying for 10 minutes and just rest?
Trying to connect to our sense of purpose, valued hobbies, community, social circle, and loved ones may be a challenge, but important for us to do. This is a time for all of us to be creative and figure out how to stay socially close while being physically distant.
At Women’s Health Clinic, our counselling program has also had this challenge, but we have modified our services to provide counselling over the phone so we can continue to meet the needs of the community we serve.
If you think counselling would be helpful, our social worker is available to listen to your concerns and provide resources, coaching, and a quick assessment to help you find the best counselling services to meet your needs.
You are welcome to call us at 204-947-2422 ext. 204. We are still here to listen.
For more about our counselling program and who we serve, please click here.