Are you experiencing stress, fear or worry about COVID-19? Do you feel powerless because of the uncertainty? Psychotherapy can help overcome coronavirus anxiety using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for coronavirus anxiety:
If you are already struggling with anxiety, the current coronavirus crisis will maybe leave you feeling completely overwhelmed by your emotions. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a short termed treatment which will help you change your thoughts and behaviours, so that you can become more in control of your emotions. The reason why CBT works so well with coronavirus anxiety is because of the fact that thoughts lead to emotions and emotions lead to certain behaviour. By deliberately choosing positive thoughts, you will be able to experience more positive emotions, which will lead to a more desired behaviour. Read more about how to deliberately choose a positive thought:
How do I deliberately choose my thoughts?
There is only one thing that you have complete control over and that is your own thinking. The key message of CBT is that the way we think affects the way we feel, and it's mostly interpreting events in unhelpful ways that gives rise to negative feelings. Not all of our thinking is deliberate, because our brains are lazy and prefer to take short cuts in the form of habitual thoughts. Habitual thoughts are thoughts that you have thought repeatedly over a certain period of time, until they have become strong unconscious beliefs. CBT aims at changing these unconscious beliefs by identifying habitual thoughts and deliberately choosing different and more positive thoughts. There is always another way of looking at any situation and your therapist can help you develop a more optimistic view and therefore more optimistic beliefs, which will then have a positive effect upon how you feel.
How CBT can help to change your mind by learning something new:
CBT encourages patients to challenge and question their beliefs and develop mental flexibility, which will enable them to make a choice about how they interpret things. If you can choose how you interpret a situation, it follows that there is another way of feeling about this situation. In order to practise this mental flexibility, you can ask yourself the following questions around COVID-19:
- How would I respond to the coronavirus crisis if I had no anxiety?
- Are there other ways of looking at this pandemic?
- What would a good friend say to me about my coronavirus anxiety?
- Can I think of any reasons not to be anxious about COVID-19 right now?
- What will I think in five years, looking back at this crisis?
- How did I manage other critical situations in my life without feeling anxious?
- Can I remember situations in my life where I was especially optimistic, in spite of negative circumstances?
- What would my optimistic self say about the uncertainty around COVID-19?
Answering these questions will enable you to develop a new perspective on your situation and by doing this, you will learn new things about yourself, your health and your power to control any situation by actively choosing thoughts which will make you feel good.
Do I need to see a therapist in order to change my thoughts?
We all experience anxiety at one point or another in our lives, and most of the time, we're able to bounce back eventually. But sometimes we might need a little extra help to do so. The sooner you seek help, the faster you will be able to get back on track. Your emotions, your thoughts and your behaviour have a direct effect on your energy, your productivity and your overall health. This is why it's crucial to pay attention to your mental well-being and ask for help, especially during this pandemic. Psychotherapy can be one of the best long-term investments you will ever make. Living a conscious life, finding freedom from self-destructive thoughts and behaviours and learning how to manage your emotions are only some of the many long-term benefits of investing in counselling or psychotherapy if you are currently suffering from coronavirus anxiety.
I'm Natalie Marby, an English speaking therapist in Hamburg, Germany. I offer psychotherapy and couples therapy in English. I currently offer all my counselling sessions online, over the phone as well face-to-face. To contact me, you can send me an email or call me: +49 40 40 46090233. (Please don't forget to send me your phone number and the times I can reach you). I look forward to hearing from you!