Psychologist: Coronavirus pandemic is a marathon, not a sprint

Posted at 1:42 PM, Jun 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 16:46:53-04

The coronavirus can cause feelings of anxiety, fear, and stress, and a psychologist is reminding families that the pandemic should be considered a marathon, not a sprint.

"We really don’t know how things are going to be, so that can be very destabilizing," said licensed psychologist Patrica Shutt with Therapeutic Oasis in Boca Raton, Florida. "So that’s probably one of the largest challenges."

Shutt says this isn’t the time jump back into old routines.

"One of my main things I really keep voicing to my clients, my friends, is really to check in and recognize for yourself what feels safe," said Shutt.

Shutt said from a mental health perspective, this pandemic will be a marathon and not a sprint.

"People are different, you are different, so really take it slow, take lots of precautions, and just allow a lot of time," Shutt said.

This story was originally published by WPTV, 13 Action News sister station in West Palm Beach.