I hope you are well and coping with the many changes we all face in response to the Coronavirus.  To slow the spread of the virus and to avoid overburdening our community health care system, federal and state governments have implemented social distancing and self-quarantine measures. Based on the latest guidelines, I am holding all sessions through various Teletherapy systems including phone sessions and video-conferencing using Skype and Google Meet.  All of these options are considered HIPAA compliant during this emergency.

We know the physical symptoms of COVID-19, but we have far less understanding of the psychological impact of coping with this pandemic. We do know that uncertainty can heighten anxiety, depression, and feelings of loneliness.  Some suggestions to mitigate these feelings include:

  • Try to maintain a daily routine that includes getting adequate sleep, with a regular bedtime and wake up time
  • Eat healthy food and drink plenty of water
  • Limit your exposure to news coverage of the Coronavirus. You want to stay informed, but you don’t want to overdose on 24-hour news reports.
  • Engage in something that is meaningful to you during your time at home
  • Reach out to friends, family, and loved ones by phone or via one of the face-to-face online platforms
  • Check in on neighbors and others you’re concerned about
  • Get regular exercise – preferably outdoors in Nature
  • Look for your Nature Gift of the Day

Please feel free to reach out to me by calling the office at 541-345-1410 or by email at phasbach@northwestecotherapy.com.