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COPING WITH COVID-19
In the past several months, our personal lives, our community and our whole world have dramatically changed. The one thing that seems to be certain in the current global pandemic is uncertainty itself.
We are fearful about our health and our finances and we are shaken by the injustices we’re facing in our society. We see images of people suffering all around us. We’re trying to adapt to working from home (for some, while balancing home-schooling our children), we miss our friends, our normal routines have been turned upside down, and we are regularly racking our brains for how to feed ourselves as we go through the dungeons of our pantries and freezers. We wonder when life will ever go back to normal and if that is even possible. The challenges presented by this current situation are abundant.
But at the same time, the abrupt pause the pandemic has forced upon us, has also given us an opportunity to take time to reflect on how we can best care for ourselves, our families and our community. This challenging experience has given us an incredible practice ground for sharpening our resilience skills. Using the tools of wise mind living such as mindfulness and compassion can help us turn adversity into advantage.
At the Center for Wise Mind Living we are committed to helping our patients navigate through this difficult time. If you are struggling and need support, our therapists are available for video sessions and can help you find the wise mind path through this unsettling journey.
There is an endless amount of information out there. It’s important to be able to cut through the noise and only listen to trusted sources. For official information check out these websites:
The Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) offers information about protecting yourself and what a person should do if sick. There are also resources covering travel, schools, childcare, business, and community and faith-based organizations. The page also offers the latest information on the number of cases in the U.S.
State Health Departments offer information specific to what’s happening in your State.
FEMA has a Rumor Control page. This page addresses the latest myths, giving people the latest facts–versus myths–on the federal response.
Here are a few articles that offer good ideas for how to cope with the stress and uncertainty caused by this pandemic.
12 Ways to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety, According to Psychologists
How To Be Resilient: 5 Secrets To Mental Toughness (Pandemic Edition)
How to Take Control When You’re Emotionally Overwhelmed
That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief
FROM THE WISE MIND LIVING BLOG:
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