It has been a long couple of years for all of us. We have navigated our way through the pandemic and found new patterns for work, entertainment and communication. It might be easy to assume we would all feel a little relief and some joy as lockdowns and masks play a smaller role in our lives, but our Upper Valley counseling team is also seeing plenty of Vermonters realize it might be time for talk therapy. Today we’re looking at a few reasons for that trend.
Vermonters are resilient…we all know that, but there are limits to what a person or a relationship can handle. As we ease out of the stresses of lockdown life some people are coming face to face with what they’ve lost or compromised over the past two years. Some relationships have ended, some have lost some enjoyment as schedules were restricted and there were fewer chances for fun. As we work our way toward a more open time, you might be confronted with questions like, ‘why am I in touch with some people and not others?’
For some of us, the move toward bigger gatherings or traveling again may create anxiety. Flying or riding a bus in 2019 didn’t cause much stress, but now it may seem like a big decision. Those anxieties are real even if the threat of serious illness from COVID-19 is lower today than it was in the past.
We may feel more hopeful now, but stress and anxiety are still a part of our daily lives. If you’re feeling some of both it could be a good time to investigate your Upper Valley counseling options. You can explore talk therapy with one of our therapists and decide whether it can help you work through the issues you’re facing today as we head out of some of the restrictions we experienced in the past. If you’re ready for a consultation, get in touch. We’d be happy to help you understand the process and what you might work through with a little help.