January 29, 2021

Brittney Morse, a licensed advanced alcohol and drug counselor, was interviewed in the Washington Post about how a lack of plans can take a toll on a person’s mental health.

At the start of the pandemic, many dealt with the disruption of plans, vacations and gatherings, which was certainly an inconvenience. Now that the pandemic has persisted for nearly a year, there is almost an inability to make plans due to uncertainty and no end to the pandemic in sight. As a result, this has greatly impacted the mental health of a lot of people.

A lack of plans and overall monotony have affected a lot of people, and, with other experts in the article, Brittney Morse suggests that looking at the pandemic precautions from a different prospective could be beneficial.

“… it’s really helpful to kind of zoom out and look at the larger picture,” said Morse. “Why are we not making plans? To protect ourselves, our family, friends, strangers, those with compromised immune systems.”

Morse also suggests adapting healthy coping mechanisms such as deep breathing, taking a walk, journaling or catching up with friends by phone or video could help counteract the stress that the pandemic can bring to everyday life.

To read the entire article in the Washington Post, including click here.