The COVID-19 pandemic has brought up many sudden and unexpected changes to our day-to-day lives. I am confident we are all having a reaction to this situation. Whatever your reaction is, please know that your feelings are valid. We all respond to crisis situations differently based upon our own past experiences, our personalities, and other stressors in our lives. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to feel about this pandemic. That being said, there are some widespread challenges this crisis has created and will continue to create.
"Black and white" thinking is also known in the mental health world as "all-or-nothing" or "polarized" thinking, a type of cognitive distortion. These types of thoughts often trigger feelings of overwhelm or worry. They can even contribute to mental health issues such as anxiety, panic attacks, and depression. When we see the world through this lens, it can lead to us viewing ourselves and others in low regard, decrease self-esteem, and promote feelings of hopelessness or resentment. By learning to notice these thoughts and challenge their truthfulness, we can greatly improve our moods and outlook.
Setting boundaries allows us to develop and maintain healthy relationships while simultaneously caring for ourselves. They can take many forms. Boundaries can be set around our time, emotional energy, physical energy, finances, sexual or physical interactions, personal information, or possessions. They may include: saying “no” to someone close to you rather than overcommitting your time, saying “yes” to time with friends on the weekend separate from your significant other, or setting time for your parents to call you each week rather than expecting you to answer immediately.
Torie Cueto, LMFT
Licensed Therapist in California. Currently providing individual therapy services for adults.
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Torie Cueto, LMFT
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #106471
5230 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite 314
San Diego, CA 92121
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