The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone differently. Some became very sick, others lost loved ones, many lost their jobs, and many suffered from the effects of long-term isolation. Fortunately, there is now a light at the end of the tunnel, with vaccines available worldwide and lockdown restrictions being lifted. But many people wonder how to transition back to regular life after the unprecedented events of the past year. Some may have no problem moving forward into a post-lockdown world, while others may need to seek anxiety treatment programs or other forms of mental health treatment.
If you believe that your son may need help transitioning back from lockdown into a post-pandemic world, reach out to the trained mental health professionals at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center to learn more by calling 662.373.2828.
The Mental Effects of Lockdown
The actual events of your lockdown may not have been dramatic or traumatic in and of themselves, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t had a profound effect on your mental health. Holing up in your home and avoiding human contact can lead to feelings of isolation, depression, and hopelessness. The constant fear of you or a loved one contracting the virus may have led to the development of anxiety issues, or perhaps even anxiety disorder.
It’s essential to be aware of these potential ramifications of the COVID-19 lockdown so that you can identify them within yourself and seek the appropriate help should they be impeding your transition back into the world.
Taking Your Time to Transition Back
It may be a good idea to ease yourself back into the world slowly, making sure that you don’t overwhelm yourself at any point. That may not be entirely possible if you need to go back to an office for work, but there are still areas of the transition you can and should control to ensure that you are comfortable with it.
Take time for self-care and to rest and relax. There’s no need to force your way into the world and leave yourself feeling overwhelmed or possibly anxious and fearful that you’ve come into contact with the virus. Move at your own pace.
Speak to a Counselor
It may be challenging to fully understand what sort of effect the lockdown has had on your mental state without discussing it with a professional counselor. If you’re feeling like the transition back has been a difficult one for you, reach out to someone, and you may uncover that the ramifications are far deeper than you’d initially thought.
There is a stigma around mental health treatment, and particularly around the treatment of men’s mental health, that needs to be addressed for our society to move forward following the COVID-19 pandemic. You should not feel any shame for seeking treatment for mental health issues you face in your transition from lockdown. In fact, speaking to a counselor is perhaps the best way to make your transition an easy one.
Helping Your Child Transition Back
Your child may be having a far harder time transitioning back than you are. The focus on teen health and wellness is far more significant now than ever before. However, working through this unprecedented event will take a lot of support from mom and dad and possibly some counseling. You shouldn’t be ashamed of seeking help with your own mental health issues related to the lockdown. Furthermore, you should not be afraid of getting your teen dual diagnosis treatment for theirs.
Seek Support at Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center Today
Our experienced team at Stonewater understands how the pandemic may have impacted you or your family’s mental health. We offer a broad range of holistic mental treatment programs for adolescent boys. These can help your teen get on the road to a “new normal,” including:
If your child is struggling with their transition into a post-pandemic world, contact Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center at 662.373.2828 today, and we’ll be glad to discuss treatment options.