Helping Others Manage Pandemic-Related Stress
As the world begins to emerge from COVID-19, I’ve been giving a lot to the past nearly-three years. If we’re ever truly rid of this virus, I still can’t imagine that everything will go back to normal, like the pre-pandemic days. Instead, we will have a “new normal”, though it’s still uncertain what that might look like. I’m not sure the world will ever be the same as it was before COVID-19.
I’ve also been reading about ambiguous grief and loss associated with the pandemic and love this article on grieving the last ‘good days’. Actually, this was relatable for me as a chronic illness patient too, not just COVID-19.
Despite restrictions easing, I will not be comfortable doing many things yet as my antibody levels are very low despite being fully vaccinated and I know a lot of people share this same discomfort, worry or anxiety. I work in children’s mental health and I’m seeing the emotional, physical and mental toll this is taking on children and members of their family in my everyday work. It has been an incredibly stressful time for everyone!
I wanted to share a column I wrote about helping others manage pandemic-related stress. I specifically shared six tips that I hope will be helpful, but I’m curious to hear from you:
What are some strategies you’ve used to manage your own stress amid the COVID-19 pandemic?
How are some ways you can help others manage their stress?
Please share your thoughts with us!
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