• Barbara Clayton Price

Sequestered Psychotherapist

Day 32

I'm having a pajama day. I've been so busy these last 32 days. I've been catching up on so many things around the house, and I'm still not close to getting everything done. I'm also working from home, seeing my clients three days a week on the internet. I know that working from home is a luxury because so many are going without pay, but it does come with it's problems.

I'm pretty computer literate for a woman my age, but I can't compete with my daughters in this arena. Working from home as a Psychotherapist requires my understanding of computer programs, which make it possible to see and speak with my clients. I've learned a program on my IPhone, laptop and desktop computers, and they all have different formats. Yesterday there were problems. My internet went down after entering the client appointments and invitations on the desktop. I tried to use my phone, but the two hadn't communicated with each other, so there were no appointments showing up. This may not sound like a big problem, but when a client is expecting to see me in four minutes, it becomes a real issue. This situation raises anxiety and my blood pressure. I was beginning to panic because my client was expecting me to be there for her. Thank heavens, my daughter was available to bail me out of the stressful situation.

I'm still meeting with clients three days a week, and I'm more than happy, that I can still be there for them. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and in this frightening and stressful time, anxiety and depression increase. I talk with others who are working from home and they share their issues with me. Some do not have a place where they can be away from the family. Even those with a room for business are often distracted by the rest of the family, and even pets. The family dog scratching at the door or kids screaming can cause an interruption in a conference call or meeting. In my case, my work space in an approximate two or three foot square in the corner of my bedroom. I'm using two TV trays for a desk, but they serve the purpose. I can't gain any weight while I'm working from home, or I won't fit in the space.

Some of my clients aren't comfortable talking in their homes, so they are not receiving help. Some older clients do not have computers, but I still connect with them by phone. Other people are reaching out once again because of their situation in the pandemic. Mental health issues are rising because of fear, anxiety and lack of mobility outside the home. I'm so happy I can continue to do my job, caring for people during this very difficult time.

If you are working from home maybe you can work in a pajama day once in a while. I'm really looking forward to mine. Of course, my heart goes out to those who have lost their jobs, and others who must continue to work in dangerous situations helping others to survive. My issues are minuscule in comparison to yours, and my heart goes out to everyone of you.

Be safe and remember that this will not last forever.

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