Therapist Offers Advice On How Teachers, Parents, & Students Can Cope With COVID-19 Fears

Rob Hart
July 23, 2020 - 2:04 pm
Virus Anxiety

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The rate of new COVID-19 infections is starting to creep upward, and so is the anxiety surrounding going back to school.  Teachers are wondering if they will be safe if they return to the classroom.  Parents wonder if their kids are falling behind and if they can handle another round of remote learning.

Sarah Lloyd is a professional counselor and owner of Action Consulting and Therapy in Geneva.  She said this is just another manifestation of the anxiety that has been floating in the air since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives in March.

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Lloyd said there is one stress reliever that is inexpensive and easy to access.

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"I can't stress enough the importance of getting outside and being in the natural environment.  There are healing properties to that.  It naturally reduces our stress.  That's one of the things we are experiencing right now, it's that toxic stress," Lloyd said.

But, she added that it's important to speak out about any concerns that you might have.

"I think we need to advocate for what we think is best: with our politicians, with our administrators, with our parents.  I think that we need to come together in this.  We're not against each other and nobody's perspective is wrong," Lloyd said.

Lloyd said that we will eventually get past this particular point in history, and that we should remember the inner strength that we used to get through it.