How to Overcome Depression during Covid19: A Discussion with Tiffany Wright, MSW
Have you been feeling more depressed lately? If yes, you are not alone.
Over 86% of people in the Mentally Fit Community report feeling MORE depressed since Covid19 started.
To help with that, Tiffany Wright, MSW gave an educational talk with tips for overcoming depression during a pandemic.
EXPERTS respond WITH MORE TIPS
Stacey Aldridge, LCSW
Therapist in Jackson, MS
I am a therapist in private practice in the Jackson, MS area. I have been working in the mental health field since 2011, first as a mental health educator and advocate, then later as a therapist. I work primarily with women who have emotional sensitivity, people with relationship issues, and the LGBTQ community. Those that are highly sensitive and the LGBTQ community both seem to be more prone to depression and anxiety. My passion is helping people become inspired to create the life they want to live.
I have noticed an increase in people seeking therapy for depression and anxiety since March when COVID-19 became more widespread in the US. Many people are expressing that fear has become a part of their daily life when it was not before. Although humans always live with the threat of sickness and death, we are typically able to ignore it. COVID-19 has made ignoring our mortality and the mortality of our loved ones much more difficult. Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness are amplified when we feel that we have little or no control over our lives.
My tips for overcoming depression are first, do not isolate. It can be easy when social gatherings are canceled to stop reaching out to friends and family. Make sure to connect with people whether it’s over the phone or even scheduling a video call so that you can see each other.
Second, focus on what you can control. While you cannot control getting sick, you can control wearing a mask.
Third, develop a routine or revisit your pre-COVID routine if you had one. Many people’s lives were disrupted by working from home and developing a routine can give a sense of normalcy. I have found that creating a separate workspace in order to maintain work/life boundaries has been extremely helpful to my clients working from home.
Allison Lieberman, LMFT
Therapist in Agoura Hills, CA
I am Allison Lieberman, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I have been working in the field for 7 years with children, families, and women struggling with anxiety and mood disorders, as well as crisis management.
I specialize in work with women that struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, I have been offering strictly telehealth therapy, which has been helpful in meeting the needs of mother’s struggling with this new crisis with their children at home.
A lot of the struggles that have come up around depression during COVID-19 have been the loss of sense of purpose, forced isolation, lack of connection, lack of boundaries between work and home, inability to emotionally recharge, and the hopelessness surrounding the length of time COVID-19 will be present.
My go to depression busting tips are:
Get individual therapy to have a safe space to talk about your struggles, establish a sense of purpose by helping those in need in whatever way you can, get outside and move around (a 5 minute walk can do wonders), acceptance that some days are going to be difficult, mindfulness when engaging in coping strategies, and balancing relaxation days with active days
HOLISTIC WELLNESS SPECIALIST
I’m Jothi Dugar, a mental health & holistic wellness expert and coach. I teach individuals the power of chaos and how to use it to strengthen our minds, body, and soul with easy and effective natural techniques. Through holistic modalities such as cognitive neuro re-wiring, energy healing, and other mind-body-energy techniques, I help people overcome physical, mental, and emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, physical ailments and overwhelm.
One of the most common reasons people get depressed during COVID-19 is the abundance of negativity we’re exposed to each day. Negativity is contagious and carries a potent energetic force behind it. This is why watching the news and listening to the media, being around others who perpetuate negativity, and even having more time alone or with your family can cause people to sink into a downward spiral of negative emotions if they are not equipped with the tools to get themselves out.
My go-to depression busting tips are easy and quick to do.
Take five-minute vacations throughout the day. At the end of each hour, set aside five minutes to focus on yourself by drawing attention to your breath. Take a walk around the room you’re in, or go outside for a moment.
Feel the solid ground beneath your feet. I also suggest quick visualization techniques where you use all five senses. Imagine a beach and try to recall how the sand feels under your feet, what the ocean smells like, what you hear, and what you see before you. With practice, this is a great exercise that can ease COVID-19 anxiety and depression whenever needed.