In the era of facemasks and virtual meetings, we’re all changing how we live in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But for many of us, changes to daily life have caused a level of isolation and uncertainty that was unimaginable just a few weeks ago. It can be even worse for people with preexisting mental health concerns. Thankfully, help is available for everyone.
Not knowing when life will return to normal, fearing that we or our loved ones will contract coronavirus, or even worrying about what will be on the grocery store shelves from week to week creates an atmosphere of uncertainty that few of us are accustomed to. It’s important to learn strategies for coping with that uncertainty.
As disruptions to our habits and routines stretch on, it’s easy to feel far away from the activities and people that mean the most to us. Support structures are more important than ever right now. Reach out to friends and family with email, text messages, and phone calls. Resources are available to help cope with social isolation.
In addition to our relationships, we tend to define ourselves by our passions—our work, our faith, our hobbies—but in the world of coronavirus, we’re separated from most of the practices that define us. Until things are back to normal, and our gyms, churches, and gathering places are open again, find new ways to challenge yourself mentally and physically.