Everyone experiences some level of stress at some time in their lives, whether it be short or long term, and this can range from relatively mild to severe. However, currently the COVID-19 pandemic has caused heightened anxiety and stress for many people.
I'm calling the stress we are experiencing currently "ISO-stress", because until lockdown, these were never stresses we've felt before:
Talking to someone about untangling yourself from these thoughts and habits can help you cope better and find ways to move forward in these challenging times.
If this sounds familiar it's time to talk!
Time to just have an hour to yourself, where someone is holding a safe space for you to talk, maybe cry but ultimately allow you to work through some of the stuff in your head.
We might be "all in this together", but we are all doing it differently. And we are not all in the same boat. But we all need to find a way through this and more than ever, it's ok to ask for help.
Coping with COVID-19 for Adolescents
Studying at home, classes on ZOOM, missing friends and finding concentrating difficult? It's time to put up your hand and ask for help!
Find out what your coping strategies are by completing the Adolescent Coping Scale (2nd ed). Complete the 60-item self-report inventory online. Receive a report complete with a graphical profile of the degree to which you use 20 coping strategies and an evaluation of their perceived helpfulness.
Follow-up with a half hour online feedback session to answer some of your questions: