Are you taking care of your mental health?
We’re sure you’ve noticed how the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a demand for mental health care like never before. Social isolation, anxiety, loss of income, and a fear of illness have resulted in a mental health pandemic on top of the physical one we’re currently experiencing.
Fortunately, with the help of video therapy, mental health professionals can still provide their clients with sessions, even if they’re stuck at home. But what about your own mental health?
USA Today recently published an article about the struggle of mental health professionals during the pandemic, and how they’re facing many of the same things their clients are. You’re only human, and you’re not immune to all of the stresses of the world. We highly suggest you give the article a read if you’re feeling the strain, as it can help to know that you aren’t alone.
Your Personal Mental Health
When it comes to your mental health, we aren’t going to preach to you. After all, you’re the mental health professional! The old saying, “physician, heal thyself,” comes to mind, but unfortunately, it usually isn’t as simple as that.
What we can do is remind you that anyone can find themselves in a dark place, especially during the middle of the first COVID-19 winter. In cases like this, it could be useful to reach out to another mental health professional for some help.
Having someone you can talk with about everything you’re going through is helpful, no matter who you are. Remember, you’re helping your clients process their stress and anxiety while also trying to manage your own. To find mental health help, you can use your own professional contacts or, if you’d prefer, try using TherapyOwl to find a therapist who isn’t connected to you.
Your Family’s Mental Health
Your family’s mental health can impact your own. Teenagers, for example, are experiencing incredible levels of disconnection. They can’t go to school, see their friends, or date… they can’t really do ANY of the things that teenagers are known to do!
If you have teens or younger children in the house, the best thing you can do is spend time with them. Socialization is vital, and while spending time with you won’t replace the time your kids should be spending with their peers, it can help keep them engaged. Outdoor activities can be beneficial, as staying in all the time can damage mental and even physical wellbeing.
This isolation teens and children are experiencing can also cause them to shut down. Encourage your kids to engage in group chats, play social video games, and do other activities with their friends online. If their isolation is causing them to act out, scheduling some family therapy sessions might be an excellent idea to help them express how they feel and learn new ways to cope with their current reality.
Remember, the poor mental health of those you live with can take a toll on you too! By addressing and taking action on these issues, you’re not only helping your family, but you’re helping yourself as well.
Take Back YOUR Time
Losing a healthy work-life balance has been a struggle for almost every industry during the pandemic. It turns out that when you work from home, working 9 to 5 suddenly becomes much more complicated. You might “stay” after work to get more stuff done, resulting in longer hours than you would otherwise be spending at your job.
This is the same for mental health professionals. Working remotely has resulted in a significant loss in office productivity, as various team members are in different locations.
Over the last year, Owl Practice has been helping mental health practices work together, putting almost every aspect of their business online. If a team member has an internet connection, they can do their work on just about any device. As such, Owl can help you get back up to 12 hours of your life every month. That time can be spent relaxing, doing self-care, or spending time with your family. It’s all up to you!
Bringing It Home
Mental health professionals aren’t invincible. Just because your clients come to you for support doesn’t mean you’re not also susceptible to stresses and anxieties. You might be feeling that your clients are more reliant on you than ever to help maintain their mental health and the weight may be hard to carry. The pandemic has resulted in these unprecedented mental health challenges, and the last thing you want is to face burnout! Be sure to take proactive steps to take care of yourself.
If you’d like to learn about everything Owl Practice has to offer you during the pandemic and beyond, you can sign up for a 14-day free trial! If you have any questions or comments about our services, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.