Living during a year-long global pandemic could cause anyone to suffer from depression. If you already struggled with the illness before COVID-19, you may be struggling to manage deepening depression in Yakima, WA. The majority of people who had already been diagnosed have reported their symptoms as being worse or “much worse” over the past year, and prescriptions for depression and anxiety medications have reached an all-time high in 2020.
If you’re having trouble coping during the pandemic, you’re not alone. Please reach out to a counselor as soon as possible for individual assistance. In the meantime, here are some tips to manage your depression during COVID-19:
- Create a routine and stick to it: One of the most difficult things about the pandemic—aside from the possibility of infection—is the way it has completely upended our normal way of life. For many people with depression, having a routine provides a sense of comfort and security. Now that many people are laid off or working from home, our routines and regular coping mechanisms might not be available. To deal with this, create your own routine and stick with it as much as possible. Even if it’s a broad routine, like “coffee and breakfast at 8, work from 9 to 1, eat lunch, work from 1:30 to 5,” you’ll take comfort in the consistency.
- Use telemedicine or teletherapy: If you have insurance, telemedicine and teletherapy can be a great way to cope with these stressors. If you’re currently unemployed or underemployed, there may be state, county or federal resources available.
- Get a prescription: If you can afford to visit your doctor, ask for a prescription to cope with your depression symptoms. If you already have one, you may need to adjust the dosage for better results. Be honest with your doctor about your experience and what you’re hoping to gain.
- Try contactless delivery: A lot of people struggle with anxiety about contracting COVID-19. If you haven’t already tried contactless delivery for groceries, household items or takeout in Yakima, WA, this is a good opportunity to assuage your fears. Many companies offer significant discounts for first-time customers.
- Get help from friends and family: Social networks are crucial at a time like this, even if you can’t see your loved ones in person. Ask them for help in whichever ways you need—they may be able to drop off groceries, schedule regular social calls and otherwise provide emotional support.
- Work on mindfulness and gratefulness: Studies have shown that working on mindfulness and gratefulness increases serotonin and dopamine production, the “feel good” hormones that can drastically improve your mood. Meditation and gratefulness journaling can make a big difference in your mood, even if you struggle at first. Make it a consistent habit, and you’ll feel better before you know it.
- Try to get outside: Finally, getting fresh air and vitamin D is an excellent way to improve your mood, even if you’re only able to get outside for 10 minutes per day.
For help managing your depression during COVID-19 in Yakima, WA, call Apple Valley Counseling Services LLC today.
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