ART International COVID-19 Update

During this unprecedented time, ART International remains focused on the physical, mental and emotional well-being of their clients, clinicians and the broader community. Consequently, all Accelerated Resolution TherapyⓇ Basic and SAF-T trainings scheduled for March and April as well as the ART International Golf Classic are being rescheduled.

Many people are currently experiencing stress and anxiety about the global pandemic and the resulting economic turmoil. Others are feeling lonely and isolated as a result of following important recommendations to slow the spread of the virus. Here are some tips to help manage your mental and emotional health:

Limit time spent watching or reading coverage of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While it is important to stay informed, people can easily spend hours immersed in the coverage. Decide to only watch the news or read articles about the virus during certain periods, such as 20 minutes in the morning and the afternoon.

Accept that it is normal to feel stressed, anxious or sad during this time. Notice and name these feelings when they arise and tell yourself that it is okay to have these feelings, but then let them pass.

Make time to exercise. Building regular exercise into your day can improve all aspects of your life. The good news is that it is easy to get exercise while practicing social distancing. Go for a walk or a jog. Hike on a trail. Doing a yoga video or exercise routine at home is also a good option.

Create structure and order to your day. Many people are experiencing changed life situations. Some people are out of work, others are working from home, and others find themselves home with kids who are not in school. Everyone, adults and children, can benefit from following daily routines. Get dressed and brush your teeth in the morning or take a daily walk or call a friend or loved one each evening. Be sure to include time to engage in activities that reduce stress, such as meditation, yoga, or reading.

Find new ways to connect with people. Practicing social distancing can be challenging for those used to seeing people at work, social gatherings, and other events. However, there are still many ways to communicate with others such as taking a walk with a friend or neighbor, while maintaining six feet of distance between each other. Organize a Zoom meeting with friends, or a sort of virtual dinner. In some neighborhoods, residents can post pictures in their windows to create a virtual art show. Many houses of worship are live-streaming services, allowing people to participate in worship from home. Some mental health clinicians are continuing to communicate with clients through telehealth visits. Calling, texting, emailing or writing letters to friends and family are also great options to help people stay socially connected.

For additional tips, please visit the American Psychological Society’s pandemic resource page, the Centers for Disease Control’s mental health tips for dealing with COVID-19, or this advice for maintaining emotional resilience from the Washington Post. Accelerated Resolution Therapy can help people struggling with anxiety, phobias, trauma and depression. To find a provider in your area, click here.