2020 has been quite a challenging year. It seems as if it’s just one thing after another – seemingly ever increasing cases of COVID, places shutting down again, possible forbearances and deferments on loans nearing an end, bills piling up, and the uncertain return of school – it’s enough to make someone feel they are being buried alive! This year has been quite a test for us all.
How did you handle it? How are you handling it? Is your anxiety rising? If so, are you practicing deep breathing and/or muscle relaxation? Are you using exercise, meditation, or yoga to dispel your stress? Are you spending time with family and enjoying their company? Perhaps you have spoken to your doctor and are trying to alleviate these symptoms with medication. Perhaps you should find a doctor to consult.
What are your plans going forward? Do you have children and will they return to school or is it time again to reopen the computers and go virtual? What is the risk of each choice and is there a right answer? Will the choices in fact be yours to make? So many questions and unfortunately, so few answers. It seems that every answer just leads to more questions!
So what can I say to put your mind at ease? These are real questions and challenges. All I can suggest to you is hope. If you can muster the hope to carry on, the hope to know all you have to do is hold fast and keep trying. I wish I could offer you more. I wish I had an answer that would fix everything – a solution, a vaccine. I don’t. I only have hope, and I want to share that with you. I want you to know that everyone has stresses and fears and it’s ok. I want you to know that you aren’t alone, but if you feel your stress is too great, your anxiety won’t quiet, please remember that I am here to help. I haven’t said this in a while, but surely it must be said: If you or a loved one is struggling, please seek treatment. There are a lot of good and effective ways to achieve this, so please contact myself (or someone else local to you) and get help. Please contact me at 954-755-2885. I am located at 5551 North University Drive, Suite 202, Coral Springs, Florida 33067, part of Kimmel Psychology. We are now offering both in person and telehealth treatment. So whatever your comfort level is, we are here.