Downloadable Resource: Self-care tips for dealing with pandemic-related anxiety

With the Omicron surge, it’s easy to let anxiety and other emotions negatively impact our quality of living. Using the FACE COVID acronym could help enrich and support your mental health so that you’re able to go through each day grounded and focused on your values. The FACE COVID acronym is based on Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), one of the clinical models used at Compass Health Center, and was created by Russ Harris, ACT Therapist & Trainer.


F = Focus

Focus on what’s in your control.

A = Acknowledge your thoughts & feelings

Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings, as they are valid and important.

C = Come back into your body

Connect to your physical sensations.

E = Engage in what you’re doing

Be present and focused on what you are doing.

C = Committed action

Use your values to guide your decisions.

O = Opening up

Make room for difficult thoughts and feelings.

V = Values

What do you want to stand for in the midst of the pandemic? What is important to you?

I = Identify resources

Sources of support, sources of joy, sources of understanding.

D = Disinfect & distance

Follow health professionals’ recommendations for maintaining your health and safety.

Compass Health Center offers specialized care, including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) & Complex Anxiety Programs. OCD & Complex Anxiety PHP/IOP Programs are available for patients ages 10 through adulthood and help participants manage their OCD in a collaborative and supportive environment where they can experience progress and personal growth. Our customized treatment plans are tailored to the needs of each individual and adapted over the course of treatment. If you find your anxiety or frustration with COVID is getting in the way of you doing what you need to at work, home or school, contact Compass to schedule an intake.

Finding help in-person and virtually

Compass Health Center is a physician-led, evidence-based intensive behavioral health care model designed for patients ages five through adulthood. Compass is Illinois’ largest and most respected provider of Partial Hospitalization (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient (IOP) programs, with 44 full-time psychiatrists/PNP’s and 350+ highly trained master’s-level clinicians covering both location-based and virtual care. This comprehensive treatment model means our patients receive high-quality care while maintaining life at home.

Our primary treatment modalities include:

  • Psychiatry
  • Group therapy (e.g., DBT, CBT, ACT, ERP)
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Experiential therapy
  • Psychiatric nursin

To learn more about our programs or to schedule an intake, visit our website or call to speak to one of our intake specialists.

Brittney Teasdale

Associate Director of Brand Management