Weathering the Coronavirus Storm

April 9, 2020 4:48 pm

All of us are coming face-to-face with the reality of COVID-19, not just in our workplaces but also in our personal lives. Daily routines have been upended, whether it’s working from home, juggling new schedules or attempting to maintain a sense of social connection.  It can be hard to stay calm when there is fear and unease in the media, stories of self-quarantines, and shortages of sanitizing products.  Dr. Brooke B. Cole, a clinical psychologist at The NeuroMedical Center,  wants to remind us all that it is normal to be anxious or be fearful in the face of uncertainty and in uncontrollable circumstances. To counteract these emotions, Dr. Cole recommends getting back to basics and keeping things simple: 

1. Stick to a loose routine

2. Get rest & stay hydrated

3.  Move your body

4. Focus on what is in your immediate control

5.  Limit your exposure to news and social media 

Dr. Cole reminds South Louisianians that between catastrophic floods and major hurricanes, we all have experience ‘weathering a storm.’  While a destructive hurricane and a deadly pandemic are very different disasters, there are common elements that can help guide our thoughts and actions.  We all know it is impossible to rebuild while 100 mph winds are blowing or while floodwaters are still standing. Dr. Cole says focus on the things you can control in the present moment: Stay in contact with friends and family, engage in activities that give you pleasure and a sense of meaning, and do what you can to help others because, after all, we are all in this together.

Are you or a loved one struggling to manage anxiety or stress? The NeuroMedical Center is here to help. Our Video Visit program allows for face-to-face session with your psychologist from the safety and comfort of your home.  To learn more about Video Visits at The NeuroMedical Center call us today (225) 768-2050 or request an appointment online.

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