The pandemic has surely heightened the stress in our lives.

Anxiety, fear, even trauma, are words that mental health professionals are using.

Licensed clinical social worker and counselor Dr. Heather Evans, whose practice is in Coopersburg, says trauma involves a threat to our well-being.

She says if trauma means we feel helpless we need to find things to do give us a sense of purpose and productivity and order.

"We can create a structure, schedule for our day.  Perhaps even if we're working from home, we can wake up every day at the same time, shower, dress like we're going to work. Do things that give us a sense of rhythm, that create a predictability in the midst of so much unpredictability," Dr. Evans said.