Coping with COVID‑19
The COVID-19 pandemic drastically altered the way we live, work, and connect with others. On top of these changes to our daily lives, many of us have also experienced loss, grief, and trauma. These all take time to heal from.
Everybody experienced the COVID-19 pandemic differently. That said, some common difficulties that people have faced because of COVID-19 include:
Worries about oneself and others
Social isolation and loneliness
Uncertainty and anxiety
Low mood and feelings of hopelessness
Fatigue and low energy
The loss of someone you care about
Even though it’s been some time since the pandemic began, it is normal to still feel worried or scared about what’s going on. Many people have found it hard to function the same way that they did before COVID. If you’re having a hard time, remember that it’s not just you. Give yourself permission to feel all of your emotions.
If you’re in medical distress or in need of urgent help, call 911.
Resources on Coping with COVID-19
Steps towards wellness
Supporting others during the COVID-19 pandemic
Social support is one of the most important things for our mental and physical well-being. Even now, many people still need to be careful about COVID-19. This means they may feel isolated or cut off from others. If somebody you care about is in this position, make a point to reach out to them.
The pandemic has brought extreme hardship for many people. Even now, there is still a lot of uncertainty about the future. Sometimes it can be helpful to try to cheer people up by focusing on the “bright side.” But it’s also important to give people space to express their feelings. Remember to be patient and empathetic.
People who are older or who have a compromised immune system are at higher risk from COVID-19. If you’re close to somebody who is vulnerable, you can help reduce their stress by offering to do things like grocery shopping for them.
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