How to cope with mental health and anxiety entering the New Year
Channel 8 spoke with a mental health practitioner on how to handle stress during 2021.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The events in Washington were unprecedented. Not only did we witness a dark page in history, but we’re also in the middle of a global pandemic.
“I have people that are ages 10 to 65 reaching out saying I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Craft Counseling Co. therapist Tiffany Mousel said. “Of course the 10-year-old kids haven’t, but for a 65-year-old to say that that’s pretty profound.”
Mousel said she has seen several patients who have had trouble understanding and coping with recent events.
“Everything happened this week. We kind of watched all day, and then we tried to go back to normal life. Now, it’s 2021. We’re all excited about that, but what a disappointment.”
Mousel said now is the time to ask for help and help others. You can start by following three easy steps. First, show gratitude to people. Mousel says giving specific complaints to people and going into detail can help. Second, “soothe before you move.” This means listening to understand, instead of listening to respond. Finally, the therapist suggested to be positive, and get hopeful for things to come.
She mentioned that anxiety presents irritability, anger and a short fuse. It can also translate to the workplace as well.
“It would be lovely if we were all having conversations to ourselves of how am I taking care of myself,” she asked. “How much can I tolerate?”
Mousel suggested taking a break, or stepping out of the office or Zoom meeting for a minute if you feel an argument coming on with a coworker. Take a break from social media and even the news.
When it comes to helping your kids, let them take the lead. Ask them what they’re hearing, seeing and more importantly how they feel.
“This is a really important time to talk to kids and teach them about politics and how our nation is run, how decisions are made,” Mousel said. “Bring up really important issues and ask them how do you feel about that?”
Mousel said if you’re helping others, you’re helping yourself.