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Moving Past Covid

As we begin to move out of the Covid pandemic, its impact on mental health for many in our society lingers. If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or grief relating to the Covid pandemic, Connected Roots provides therapy in Boulder to help.

Covid’s Impact On Mental Health

The Covid-19 pandemic affected our lives significantly for more than a year. We experienced the jolt of abrupt changes to our lifestyles. Job losses and financial difficulties put many families under intense stress, while others grieved over loved ones lost to the illness. Add that to a sense of constant uncertainty and feelings of isolation, and it’s not surprising that cases of depression and anxiety increased during the pandemic. In January 2021, 41% of adults reported feeling symptoms of anxiety and/or depression during the pandemic, according to one poll.

Mental conditions like depression and anxiety won’t go away with the pandemic. These conditions require ongoing treatment to resolve. The Covid pandemic will continue to shape our mental health long after it’s gone. History shows us that traumatic experiences like natural disasters and community health scares can lead to increased substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and depression.

While we move on from Covid, it’s essential to seek treatment if you haven’t already for symptoms of anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

Who Is At Risk For Mental Health Difficulties Post-Covid?

Frontline healthcare workers worked long hours under intense stress and experienced the grief of watching others suffer or die. In addition, many people lost close friends and family members to the illness. Some of those who survived illness from the virus are still experiencing stressful lingering physical effects. Also, one particularly vulnerable part of the population includes residents of nursing homes, who were in lockdown and unable to see family for nearly a year in some cases. These are examples of some of the groups at risk for mental health struggles post-Covid.

Problems from Covid disproportionately affect people with limited access to care, like people without health insurance and those who live in multifamily homes, where limited private space and internet bandwidth made attending even virtual meetings challenging. Additionally, many people are still trying to rebuild their financial footing after job losses resulting from the pandemic. Individuals and families falling into this group are also susceptible to mental health disorders like anxiety and depression.

Moving on from Covid as a society successfully means making sure people who are at risk for mental health struggles receive the help they need.

The Effects Of Change & Covid

Many of the changes we experienced at the start of Covid were abrupt and a bit frightening. As we move on from Covid, we face another round of changes, which won’t be as frightening but there is still an element of the unknown. We aren’t exactly sure what the “new normal” will be like as we re-enter the world.

Uncertainty and change can be an anxiety trigger for many people. Finding ways to manage stress from uncertainty and change can resolve anxiety and prevent it from becoming more of a problem. Seeking therapy is one way to learn how to manage stress in a post-Covid world. Yoga, deep breathing, and meditation are other tools to slow the heart rate and ease anxiety. Weaving these things into your life post-Covid is beneficial whether or not you experience anxiety.

How To Get Therapy In Boulder To Help You Move On From Covid

Contacting a facility like Connected Roots gives you a variety of treatment options to help you move on from Covid. You don’t need to have symptoms of anxiety or depression to benefit from therapy. Anyone can benefit, and it can help to check in with a therapist as your life transitions past the pandemic.

Our group therapy is ideally suited to help people transition through difficult times resulting from Covid. Group therapy provides a level of support and validation not often found elsewhere. In group therapy, people can express themselves openly and connect with others going through similar difficulties.

We also provide individual therapy using different methods and can tailor a solution to meet your needs. For example, if you are struggling with problems caused by Covid that feel overwhelming, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) might be a good choice for you. CBT is a form of talk therapy that helps you reframe problems to make them less overwhelming and break the cycle of negative thought patterns in dealing with difficulties.

CBT is just one form of therapy we offer. Often, we combine therapies with recreational time in nature for powerful results. Spending time in nature helps you stay in the present moment, which is a helpful tool for general wellness and mental health treatment.

We take a unique and holistic approach to therapy. Our practice is built on three pillars: connection, grounding, and confidence. At Connected Roots, we want to help clients cultivate deeper connections with themselves and others and strengthen the roots that keep them grounded.

We have clinicians who accept Medicaid, which makes it easier for those who have suffered financially due to Covid.

Please contact us to set up an appointment or to learn more about our therapy in Boulder. We want to help you return to a life that moves past Covid and into brighter days ahead!

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