After the Storm
2020 was a long year. It started roughly and progressively got worse. Rarely has long, dark winter been more descriptive. Rampant COVID, related economic blight, social unrest, political chaos, and a derisive election created a perfect storm of gloom, depression, and anxiety.
Mental health was more than challenged, it was stretched beyond capacity. For those already dealing with depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and anxiety this was a quagmire of epic proportions. But every storm passes. Every dark night has a dawn. 2021 has its work cut out for it but there is every signal that the dawn is coming.
Vaccines generated in record-breaking speed are being dispersed. While the virus is a long way from handled there is a pin light appearing in the darkness. The management of the virus will allow more of the life we have come to expect. Kids could return to school; work can resume, and employment should boom.
Personal challenges, loss, grief and increased mental health issue take longer to manage and may need some strong, structured assistance throughout the process.
In the darkness we often feel isolated, lonely, and desperate. The isolation of this last year is particularly painful. Finding a trained Mental Health Profession to help you chart your choice is immensely powerful. The Online, On Demand counseling options are immense. Resources like live chat, mobile apps, blog resources and on demand counseling can be the light in the darkness that carries you through to dawn. Creating a proactive, systems approach to the current environment, past issues, triggers, and long-standing challenges can help you emerge from the storm unbroken and stronger. Pairing a Mental Health Counselor with a Certified Coach and be a 1-2 punch that accelerates your personal growth and success.
Reaching for help is smart, strong, and positive. We all need a hand from time to time, mental health issues are pervasive and more common than most realize. These are extraordinary times, they call for collaborative thinking, positive visioning, and a personal strategy for getting through the storm. Knowing you need a hand, a voice in the dark and a plan to get to the dawn doesn’t make you weak but rather provides the strength you need to navigate the rough waters we are currently dealing with. But knowing you have a plan, resources, technology and on demand counseling will make you stronger than ever.