Health Wise: Still Waters Counseling Covid-19 Response, Recommendations, and Resources

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 03/23/2020 - 09:57

Hello! 

We hope this email finds you in good health. It’s been a wild ride these past few weeks with everything changing quickly and having to adjust to a “new normal”. We wanted to check in with our community. We understand that the news is full of negativity, limitations to our everyday life, and fear regarding COVID-19, and we do not want to be another source of this. 

We are here to tell you that Still Waters Counseling services to the community will continue! Mental health is absolutely not something you have to sacrifice during this rocky time. 

Our therapists are switching over to telehealth (phone and video therapy sessions by secure, HIPAA compliant software) starting this Wednesday March 25. We will be able to continue providing therapy for current clients AND take new clients in this manner. Psychological testing will continue in person, with multiple safety precautions in place. We will continue this plan until the community threat level is lowered so we can do our part to flatten the curve and prevent spread of the disease. 

We are fortunate that our services can be provided remotely with little disruption to the therapy process. Online sessions are a different platform but the same great service, in the safety and comfort of your home.  

Another thing we can do remotely is continue to provide you with tips and resources for mental health! Check out the tips to follow. 

Here are some tips for handling COVID-19 challenges and changes: 

  1. If you have kids, this could be a scary and confusing time for them. Model for them how to be calm, open about feelings, and how to make the most of this time. You can help them understand the situation more with these useful kid-friendly videos: here and here.
  2. Also, parents, if you’re currently trying to figure out how to help your kids learn a little while they are home, consider this: virtual field trips! Many websites offer museum and zoo tours online, and various activities! Check some ideas out here. Adults can enjoy this too!
  3. If your work and home life has changed form, as ours has, find the positives! Play some games and watch some movies. Sip tea in your pajamas. Spend time with pets. Do some home workouts. Appreciate this unexpected time spent home. Journal gratitudes every day. Here is a helpful article if you’re adjusting to working at home. 
  4. If you are also a mental health professional, we know how much you are doing to help diffuse panic and to support your clients. Take time for self-care, lean on other therapists for support, and don’t forget to follow the same advice you give to your clients!
  5. If you are worrying about the financial aspect of things, we understand. This unexpected situation is causing a strain for many. Look at the State’s websiteto see if you qualify for any benefits that are available under the current emergency act.
  6. If you are losing your mind from boredom with everything being canceled, try some new (or revisit some old) hobbies! Make art, play board games (in person with family or online with others!), video chat loved ones, read books you’ve been putting off, try some at-home workouts, teach your pets new tricks, learn a new language, get creative with new cooking ideas, the list goes on!
  7. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the news, try taking some time away from your devices, or at least, turn off your news notifications for a time. Being informed is important, but you do not need to read every article, every statistic. Especially if you are staying home and keeping safe. Take breaks from reading about the virus and spend some time on self-care and pleasant activities. The news will still be there later.
  8. If you are sick, our hearts go out to you! Hydrate, rest, don’t push yourself. Seek professional help as appropriate. Ask for support. Stay strong!

As the government and medical professionals work to contain, treat, and prevent the coronavirus, we are doing our part to provide the services that are much needed at this time. Please give us a call at (734) 944-3446. Much of the normal world is on pause, but your mental health and our happiness do not have to be.

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