Hi and welcome to our How to Put Your Life Back Together series, i.e. good advice for post-pandemic times. Explore more here, or click the “next story” button at the bottom of this one.
We’ll start with anxiety: According to a Cosmo poll, 52 percent of millennial women who suffer from the mental health condition say it’s gotten worse due to COVID-19, while 32 percent who never experienced anxiety before have now developed it. Depression, loneliness, and stress, are also on the rise. To help, leading mental health experts offer advice on how to cope.
Do I need therapy therapy?
Anyone can benefit from talking to a professional, but if you’re feeling really low, it might be time to prioritize it. Jennifer Mann, a psychotherapist in New York City, created a quiz to help you gauge where you’re at:
Did you answer yes to more than two of the above? If so, Mann says now is the time to consider talking to someone. Nothing is “wrong” with you, but it’s been a rough few months, and you deserve to focus on yourself.
Now, here’s how to find the right kind of therapy for you.
Try 7 Cups, which offers low-cost counseling, or The Tribe Wellness Community for free peer-to-peer support.
Your therapist may not be awake, but your therapy robot is. AI apps like Woebot, Youper, and Wysa offer an on-demand way to chat through your problems 24/7.
If you live in a rural area with not-so-great access to mental health providers, tele-therapy allows you to still meet with a therapist via technology like Doxy.me.
If you need medication or support on an ongoing basis, IRL therapy is the way to go.
All The Other Health Stuff You Should Deal With Once You’re Out And About Again
Book a massage, acupuncture session, or facial.
No explanation needed.
Schedule an appointment with your primary care doc.
Now’s a good time to check in on your overall health and figure out if there’s anything pressing you should be dealing with ASAP.
Do it within three months
Get to your derm and your gyno.
Just because your skin hasn’t seen the sun and you swore off Hinge for a minute doesn’t mean you should put these off.
Do it within six months
See the dentist (and an eye doctor if you need one).
You should be getting your teeth cleaned twice a year, so it’s probably about that time. And if you wear glasses, a visit to your doc is a good idea to see if you’re ready for a new prescription thanks to all that screen time.
So is this just who we are now?
If you picked up a quarantine habit or five, Sara Kuburic (aka the Millennial Therapist) created a formula to help you decide which ones you should keep and which ones need to go.
Art by David Stenbeck. Courtesy of Jenn Singer Gallery.
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