• Susan L.

Coping with Covid

Ever since the global pandemic hit, the last six months have been filled with fear and uncertainty. Some people have been directly affected by the coronavirus, and some have lost loved ones.

We have had to modify the way we live, socialize, shop, receive medical care, and educate our children. We have had to quarantine and wear masks in public. Even though our lives have been majorly disrupted, our focus has been on keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe.

At some point in our lives, most of us have felt a sense of hopelessness. Facing the unknown can be difficult and can create feelings of stress, anxiety, and worry about the future. We all want to feel that we have control over our lives and crave security and well-being. Everyone has different coping skills, but we all have our limits.

It is important to remember that uncertainty is a normal and unavoidable part of life, and we can’t control everything that happens to us. As the coronavirus has shown, life can be very unpredictable.

Many of us, myself included, have resorted to worrying as a way of coping with life’s unpredictable circumstances. Worrying gives us a false sense of control and makes us feel as though we are looking for a solution and preparing ourselves for the worst.

Unfortunately, worrying doesn’t work. It only robs you of today’s joy and a good night’s sleep. There are healthier ways to deal with your emotions. It all begins with your mindset.

· Focus on the things you can control. For example, if you are worried about catching the virus, you can take action by wearing a mask, avoiding crowds, washing your hands, and keeping your environment clean. Instead of worrying about the problem, you are now focusing on problem-solving and gaining a new sense of control.

· Facing your emotions. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when times are tough. But dealing with your feelings is important for your mental health. The first step is to recognize your emotions and how they are affecting you. Find positive ways to relieve stress and connect with your feelings. Use this time to find new creative outlets, different ways of communicating with others, and building stronger relationships.

· Accept your emotions. Feeling vulnerable, anxious, sad, and angry are all part of being human. It’s okay to allow these feelings to surface now and then, but if they are consistent or affecting your day to day life, it’s important to seek help.

· Be good to yourself. Practice mindfulness and self-care. Eat healthy foods, exercise, and get plenty of rest. Caring for ourselves can help us feel a sense of control and well-being.

· Practice gratitude and be thankful. Be grateful for your family, good health, your job, and your home. Counting your blessings is a good way to remember the positive aspects of your life.

As human beings, we learn to adapt. Despite all the disruptions in our daily lives, we can be resilient and strong and find peace amidst all the chaos. We are all in the same boat, and sometimes it helps to remember that you are not alone. Even though tomorrow is uncertain, let’s make the best of today!

Wishing you peace, happiness, and good health!