New Year, Same Anxiety
The tensions of the past year are still real. Fortunately, we have a complete guide to dealing with anxiety, finding the right therapist, and dealing with ongoing stress.
Well, let’s face it: last year’s stress didn’t go away with the turn of the calendar page. We’re still in a pandemic, and many of us still face job insecurity, the hell of grooming, and the constant unshakable feeling that we’re living in a deadly version of Groundhog Day. The reality is that the mental health impact of living at this age is palpable. More than 40% of Americans recently reported symptoms of anxiety or depression, according to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to America’s 2020 Mental Health Report, more than 47 million people in the United States have mental health problems, an increase of 1.5 million from the previous year. As with any mental health problem, there is no magic ball that can make this anxiety disappear, not even one that falls at midnight.
But things are getting better. We have a vaccine that will hopefully become widely available, the Marshall Plan for Moms is being discussed, and the headlines are again full of optimism. But as we get a little more emotional streak, experts predict that 2021 will bring reckoning to our collective psyche. It’s time to tackle our new normal wasting, the long-term effects of isolation, sleep problems, and especially the deep-seated inequalities that underlie myriad mental and physical health problems.
This is the moment to check your mental health and we will take care of you in this regard. We spoke to experts and women across the country about everything from finding a therapist to the best free therapy resources, to dealing with couch potato depression to dealing with fear of loneliness. We can still deal with the same anxiety, but we can do something about it.