Morale is low among many Dallasites. The coronavirus pandemic has taken control of our lives, restructured our days, and thrown a wrench in our plans and goals. And there’s really nothing we can do about it besides stay at home. Unfortunately, staying at home makes it extremely easy to think about all the things that have changed, all the things that will change, all the things you miss, all the things that might never be the same–and that spiral of thought can quickly become overwhelming. It’s all depressing, to put it bluntly. I suspect that this pandemic is opening the door for another global outbreak, one of the mental health variety. We need to protect ourselves and others from succumbing to those illnesses, too, but how? I turned to a few local experts for answers. “It is devastating to our economic structure, to our government structures, to our social structures to tell people they have to stay in their homes and they can’t leave,” says Christopher Taylor, Ph. D., licensed certified counselor and founder of Taylor Counseling Group. “I mean, it’s very scary. It’s a fear driven mentality we find ourselves in, which breeds depression and anxiety very quickly.” There are, thankfully, ways to stave off those feelings before they’ve set in, and ways to pull yourself out of the slump if they already have. It’s about living intentionally, keeping a positive outlook, and grounding yourself. That’s all easier said than done, of course. Let’s start with the basics.
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