At this point, who isn’t excessively worrying about coronavirus? I am certainly struggling; I’ve woken up numerous times in a clammy sweat from dreams about it this week alone.
It’s perfectly OK to feel every single emotion you’re experiencing lately. “Being anxious right now is completely understandable as anxiety stems, in large part, from uncertainty and that is everywhere,” said Jessica Gold, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis.
Gold said that self-care can help mitigate some of the negative feelings coming up during this pandemic. That means getting enough sleep, eating proper meals, taking a break from the news, and connecting with loved ones over FaceTime. This also means asking for mental health help when emotions become overwhelming, she stressed.
Of course, that can be easier said than done. Therapy can be expensive. Even if you have insurance, it can still be taxing on your wallet.
Thankfully, there are some affordable mental health resources. We rounded up a few options, which range from helping you address low-level anxiety to support you should use when you’re in a crisis. Take a look at them below, and know there’s no shame in getting some outside help:
Crisis Text Line
Mental health counselors are just a quick text away thanks to the Crisis Text Line, which is a free national text messaging service. Just text “home” to 741-741 to get started. And know that you’re not the only one who is struggling with coronavirus fears lately: Approximately 77% of Crisis Text Line texters said they have stress or anxiety related to coronavirus, according to data sent to HuffPost from the organization.
Teletherapy or other digital services
Online therapy services like BetterHelp and Talkspace may offer more affordable options than your insurance provider or other in-person therapists. Plans can start anywhere from $40 to $60 a week, depending on the company. Some even offer financial aid or other...