Oct 23, 2021 | Updated: 07:19 PM EDT

Taking Care of Mental Health During COVID

Jul 30, 2020 04:22 PM EDT

With the unexpected downturn the world has taken during the COVID-19 pandemic and nearly everything shutting down, taking care of simple life needs has become difficult. The same goes for anyone coping with any mental health issues. As the world slowly returns to normal operations, it's important to figure out ways to stay healthy even when the tides have turned against you. Here are a few things you need to know about taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Taking Care of Mental Health During COVID

Therapy and Session Costs

Depending on your specific needs and the professionals in proximity to your location, the prices of therapy session costs will vary. As all practices are not created equal with regard to costs, you'll need to shop around and see what works best for your budget. The average cost of therapy can range from around a hundred dollars up into the $200-$300 range. The length and frequency of the sessions as well as the certifications of the psychotherapist are all factors that will play a part in the costs of seeing a therapist. Inquire about the rates of any therapist or mental health clinic you're thinking of visiting so you can understand exactly how they charge their clients. 

The Health of Others

The mental health of those around you also matters, especially when it comes to a loved one, such as your teenage child. You'll want to do all you can to help and show you are invested in their overall improvement. Be sure to communicate with them openly and ensure that they can come to you with any and all concerns no matter the size. Being there for your kids in a caring and positive manner provides them with the foundation they require growing up. As you would want someone to help you in your time of need, it's important to show that you are your child's rock and you'll always be there for them.   

Learn to Stay Positive

Though your mileage may vary with therapy sessions, it might just be what the doctor ordered. If that's the case, great! But if you tried it and it wasn't for you, fret not. Take a moment to yourself and remember to remain positive. Do what you can to help boost your own mood and mental health with small steps. There are many times when people forget about the little things in life and how personally fulfilling they can be and how happy they can make you feel. Whatever it is that makes you happy and feel good, go for it. Plan a trip, paint a picture, exercise, or simply write out the events of your day. Sometimes letting your brain express your thoughts on paper can be a great and relaxing exercise. Be the best person you can be and stay positive. 

Finally: Take All the Time You Need

Yes, life can be hectic (COVID-19 didn't help) and it does come at you fast, but there are times when you need to step back and take time for yourself. It could be that your work life is trying your patience and you need a reprieve. If so, take it. No one should ever feel ashamed of needing a break and a mental health day can sometimes make all the difference. Enjoy your day gardening, going for a hike, or maybe you just want to hang out with your pet for a bit and not be worried about your commute and work figures, it's fine. Take the time you need and, frankly, the time that you deserve to help keep yourself happy and motivated. Sometimes a little refreshing break is all you need to get back into it the very next day. 

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