Illinois will reopen on Friday and you may be excited, but mental health experts say not everyone feels ready.
“We have been through collective trauma and it is not treated in a day,” said Andrea Burkly, a Glen Ellyn-based licensed clinical professional advisor.
Burkly said we have to learn to live well again. She said that you can start by getting plenty of sleep, exercising, eating well, connecting with a friend, and considering therapy.
“We have to be respectful and understand that people are adapting as best we can,” said Burkly. “It’s good to be optimistic while holding on to the truth that what we’ve been through is tough and that won’t change anything the day this state reopens.”
However, as COVID cases decline, healthcare workers may face new challenges.
“You will get an eye infection or some type of illness. Because her body was under so much stress, now that things have calmed down, it can finally take a look at what it has been through mentally and physically, some kind of beginning to heal, and part of that is that we many people get sick see, “said clinical psychologist Dr. Saloumeh Bozorgzadeh.
Bozorgzadeh spoke to health care workers at Roseland Community Hospital on Thursday.
“You were the bright hope during a dark mayhem and you were a backbone of this hospital’s warlike stance against COVID,” said hospital chief Tim Egan.
Bozorgzadeh also urges citizens to step outside of their comfort zone.
“This is healthy, but also remember to balance your life,” said Bozorgzadeh. “The biggest tip I can give is to make sure you don’t go to extremes. Make sure you take time for yourself. “