Watch CBS News

Coronavirus In Minnesota: Ways To Keep Calm Among Rising Pandemic Anxiety

Coronavirus: Latest News | Community Resources | COVID-19 Info | Download Our App | CBSN Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Under a stay-at-home order, many therapists are switching to teletherapy, where they make connections and provide guidance over video chat or phone.

Lisa Conway, a therapist at the Relate Counseling Center in Minnetonka, says her clients are asking to talk to her through teletherapy more often than normal.

"Typically people do out-patient therapy once a week, I'm certainly working with some of my clients more than that right now," Conway said.

READ MORE: How To Make Your Own Protective Face Mask

Conway says most of her patients are coming to her with anxiety related to the pandemic.

"People who never felt anxious are feeling anxious," Conway said. "What we're discovering is that a lot of people are experiencing their anxiety in symptoms that mimic what COVID-19 is supposed to look like."

Conway says there are easy things you can do on your own to stay calm and lessen the anxiety:

  • Limiting the amount of information on this pandemic you consume each day
  • Get outside for some fresh air
  • Exercise
  • Read
  • Distract yourself with things that make you happy
  • When it comes to kids who may feel anxious, Conway says the best thing you can do to let them feel comfortable asking questions, but make sure parents' answers are age appropriate. She says kids do not need to know every detail about the pandemic.

    READ MORE: Gov. Walz Calls Outbreak 'Storm Of Epic Proportions' In State Of State Address

    Last week, Director of Homeland Security Joe Kelly requested a "major disaster declaration" for Minnesota with the sole purpose of improving crisis counseling access statewide. If approved by President Donald Trump, it would guarantee a 100% federal reimbursement mental health services.

    Teletherapy is covered by insurance, but if you recently lost your job and coverage during this pandemic, the state requires mental health services to offer a sliding fee scale to make it accessible to everyone.

    Click here for more tips from the Relate Counseling Center on coping with pandemic-related stress, and click here for tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    READ MORE: Lakeville Girl Gets Surprise Birthday 'Car Parade'

    View CBS News In
    CBS News App Open
    Chrome Safari Continue
    Be the first to know
    Get browser notifications for breaking news, live events, and exclusive reporting.