Pandemic, protests, police, and politics — welcome to 2020. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you probably feel both energized and confused at the same time. There’s so much to learn, to think about… so much that needs to be done. But this does not mean all of us can immediately jump up and get started.
Corporations have logos. People and products create brands. With protests, the entry point is often a slogan. Something as pithy as “save the whales” has become engrained within our pop-culture vocabulary.
Under the best of circumstances, a protest can be a stressful experience. It’s impossible to know who and how many will turn out. The marching or sign-holding or chanting may draw the attention of law enforcement officials or possibly, counter-protests. Passions are high all around. All of these factors are exaggerated in the face of a pandemic.
Most of us may be seeking shelter at home but that does not necessarily shelter us from anxiety and its impact. Everyone is more nervous than usual these days but anxiety is a whole other level. It’s a diagnosable disorder in which individuals remain in a chronic state of high alert — even when no threat is present.
Oftentimes, dire circumstances have the power to inspire incredible solutions. Such solutions can deliver some unexpected benefits. Both of these outcomes are coming to bear during the COVID-19 pandemic and its ensuing quarantines. Thanks to social distancing, teletherapy has become the go-to option for mental health counseling. These advances inspire a sigh of relief among many Americans struggling with anxiety disorders. Teletherapy may be a fallback option for some. For anxiety sufferers, it’s an ideal scenario.
You’ve probably seen a thousand or more articles about managing your anxiety. Sometimes, it can feel like enough to, well…provoke more anxiety. This is partially true because the word “anxiety” does not do justice to the countless variations in a) how it manifests and b) how it is treated. Anxiety disorders range in specifics and severity. Some of their symptoms can be temporarily self-managed.
In two previous posts, we explored the nuts and bolts of an approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It’s time now to dig deeper into the crucial first step that makes ACT what it is: acceptance.
In a previous post, I talked about an approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In particular, we centered on the concept of psychological flexibility. This time around, the focus will lie squarely on “pivots.”
For many if not most people, therapy is “therapy.” Consequently, an incredible range of therapeutic options and approaches get lumped into one broad category. In reality, these therapeutic tools are often vastly different and very much deserve individual exploration. For example, Acceptable and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a kindred spirit to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but involves its own unique nuances and treatment focus.
Our job can stress us out. This is hardly breaking news. However, when you’re dealing with an anxiety disorder, things can rise to an entirely new level. The usual work-related issues are still there, of course. Only now, you’re also dealing with another layer of stresses, worries, doubts, and concerns. Anxiety is no fun anywhere. On the job, it can be particularly uncomfortable.