The last few months have certainly presented us with quite a few challenges. And, they seem to keep coming.
The medical field is starting to see a few ramifications of the upheaval of what we once considered normal – and much of it is presenting as mental health stresses and concerns. In many cases, people may be experiencing a form of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) from COVID-19, which can create symptoms of depression, unusual stress and anxiety and a feeling of being out of control. This is all understandable.
We are all still adjusting, and continue to pivot as we are presented with new challenges with work, kids going back to school, struggling family members or financial hardships. We are all trying to adapt a “one day at a time” mentality.
It is so important to check in with yourself once in a while and ensure you are practicing self care. Fall is only a couple of weeks away. Each new season is a great time to assess our lives and evaluate what is working and what might need an adjustment.
Do you feel overwhelmed? Are you adjusting to our new normal? Sometimes you may be pleasantly surprised that you are calmer, more flexible and open to change. Or, you may realize you are struggling and may need some support. If that is the case, please make yourself a priority and address it sooner rather than later. Stress can have a long term negative effect on our health. Always know, you are not alone, and your feelings are real. Reach out to your health care provider and ask for their recommendation or referral.
As a fellow health care professional, I always appreciate patients coming to me to ask for support. It is the best thing they can do for themselves. We are all in this together.