BLOG: When There’s a Pandemic, You Can’t Sweat the Small Stuff

Dr. Carey Heller; Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Carey Heller; Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Carey Heller; Licensed psychologist in Bethesda, Maryland

It’s hard to argue with that statement, which my wife, Hope, reminded me of recently. We were discussing how little things with parenting that might get on our nerves such as being pestered for “one more episode” of a television show or a child throwing a fit about being out of their favorite kind of yogurt seems so minor when you look at the bigger picture of things in today’s current pandemic with COVID-19. There are many people getting sick and dying. There are increased stressors with balancing remote work, having to go into work depending on your job, navigating childcare, remote learning, and so many other things as well.

Thus, using the pandemic experience to learn to move past the little things that bother us all, can be helpful. Doing so provides one with more control over certain things. Taking ownership of the things that we do have control over can be an effective method for managing anxiety and other negative feelings associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Keep this motto in mind: “During the pandemic, I cannot sweat the small things.”

I hope you are staying healthy and safe, and coping as effectively as possible during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Copyright 2020 Carey Heller, Psy.D.

*Disclaimer: The previous information is intended as general guidance based on my professional opinion, does not constitute an established professional relationship,  and should not replace the recommendations of a psychologist or other licensed professional with whom you initiate or maintain a professional relationship*

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