COVID ANXIETY vs. PEACEFULNESS

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COVID ANXIETY vs. PEACEFULNESS

Many people, if not most, are experiencing a lot of anxiety during this very unusual time.
Many are depressed as well. While you can have both anxiety and depression concurrently they come from different directions.
Depression generally comes from looking backwards into the past.
Anxiety nearly always comes from worrying about the future which is not here.
Peace and happiness lie in living in the present.

The PAST is past. The FUTURE has not arrived. Only the PRESENT is here now.
When you live in the present with gratitude everything changes almost instantly.
This is not to say if you have continual worries or past trauma that you shouldn’t work on them with a good therapist.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the Gold Standard for dealing rather quickly with those negative thoughts (worry/anxiety) that circle around in our heads in a negative loop that we are often unaware of – though sometimes we realize we are doing it.
Sometimes we know we are worrying to excess.
Other times we aren’t aware of how pervasive it is.

Thoughts cause emotions that cause feelings that cause actions/words that often don’t serve us well.  A lot of research proves this is the exact sequence in which it happens though most folks think they have an emotion and then they think about it.
You don’t have to let depression and anxiety make this unusual time even worse.

Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

Stay safe,
Sharon

Sharon Valentino, MA, ChT, CA LMFT, Psychotherapist, Behavioral Health
Calif. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC51746
Masters Level Registered Addiction Specialist (MRAS) & Level IV Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (CATC IV), Masters Counseling Psychology
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About Valentino Therapy

Psychotherapist (California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist), artist, animal lover, SF Giants fan...I write mostly about daily life and psychology matters, concerns and disorders and how to get help or help yourself. I write about life and often laugh at it but I also write about very serious matters that affect our lives. I'm a psychotherapist (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) with a speciality in addiction, anxiety, depression, achievement, relationships and several other areas, which is work I particularly enjoy but the nature of it requires that I also enjoy other creative and physical pursuits. Personal: I love animals beyond a reasonable measure (reptiles excluded).
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