Feeling stressed out, worn out, all around blah? - You’re not alone

Feeling stressed out, worn out, all around blah? - You’re not alone
Depression and other mental health issues can be difficult during the holidays, even without a global health crisis keeping loved ones from seeing each other. (Source: Pexels.com)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - We are now nine months into the pandemic and a lot of people are struggling in many ways.

FOX19 NOW talked with a local psychologist for helpful tips on how to deal.

Dr. Ashley Solomon founded Galia Collaborative, which works to support the mental health of girls and women in the Tri-State. Dr. Solomon says their phones started ringing off the hook right after we went into lockdown.

Solomon says our “villages” or friend groups/family gatherings - all those went away because we simply couldn’t get together. And because of that, a lot of people struggled and continue to.

This week, she shared tips and tools on how we can all cope with the stressors and worries that pop up throughout the pandemic.

A few tips to remember:

  • Manage the expectations for yourself and others.
    • Dr. Solomon says the times we’re in are not “normal” and we shouldn’t expect ourselves to operate in ways we did before the pandemic.
  • Give yourself (and others) grace. Remember everyone is dealing with something.
  • It’s ok to say “no” to those virtual meetups and take a step back.
    • Dr. Solomon says there are ways we can stay connected and feel engaged without actually seeing someone. She suggests writing a letter or doing an activity at the same time as a friend.

Dr. Solomon tells FOX19 NOW she believes our experiences over the past nine months have destigmatized the idea of mental health. She says people have been more willing to reach out, help is widely available and easy to do.

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