A note from Christa Marvento-Athas, LCSW-C about the COVID-19 pandemic
As we all are determining how to manage our lives, obligations, and feelings regarding the coronavirus, it is important to consider we are being flooded with information regarding COVID-19. This information is upsetting, concerning, and scary; our fight-or-flight responses are being activated not only daily, but also for days on end.
With each new piece of information most of us experience mounting stress. In response to acute stress a cascade of stress hormones are produced in the body, which produces physiological change. We are not meant to sustain this high level of fight-or-flight for long periods as this can create problems of its own. Many of us are not only managing this stress response in ourselves but also in our children. As we continue to face this challenge, I feel it is important to focus on a counter measure to this fight-or-flight response in order to calm the body, the mind, each other, and our children, and stay in touch with our strength and resilience.