Isolation, Uncertainty Counseling
Finding ways to work with the things you can change and accepting the things you cannot is a process and a practice.
• Are you longing for contact with friends or family?
• Have you lost a job or access to the kinds of activities you enjoy?
• Do you feel alone or lonely throughout the day?
• Do you find yourself turning toward unhealthy solutions like substances or mindlessness activities?
• Does the unknown of your future keep you up at night worrying?
If you said “yes” to any of these questions, you could be suffering from isolation and a sense of uncertainty. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a slow-motion experience of isolation, death, social distancing, a drastically altered present, and an unpredictable future that impacts the mental well-being of us all.
Thousands of people are struggling with the trauma of intense stress, loneliness, and radical uncertainty as we grapple with the “new normal” that has been thrust upon us.
Yet, facing uncertainty is not so new. It goes beyond this time of living with COVID-19. We have lived with uncertainty before. We live with it all the time.
The constant in life, we have all heard it, is change. Change is always happening, and even though there have been things in our life we have “counted on” or relied on—like our job, our marriage, our kids behaving a certain way—all of these things are constantly changing and have a level of uncertainty to them. And at times, that uncertainty can lead to feelings of despair and overwhelm.
There Is Support
No matter how long you have been struggling with feelings of despair, loneliness, or fear, I want to assure you there is a way to feel all of this and make it workable.
Finding ways to work with the things you can change and accepting the things you cannot is a process and a practice. Working in our counseling sessions can help you navigate the murky and uncertain terrain in a way that can offer a larger perspective, provide the support to take the practical steps you need in life, build self-compassion, and find the motivation to still live the life you want regardless of the current challenges. Despite the distress of “right now,” relief and management of the uncertainty are possible, even in a pandemic. You have the capacity to work with your life circumstances, externally and internally.
What You Can Do
Together, in counseling sessions, we build greater capacity to manage your struggle through a lens of curiosity, attention, and compassion. If you are looking for support to overcome loneliness and isolation, reach out to me for a free 15-minute consultation to see if we are a fit. Make those first steps a gift to yourself.