Coping with grief during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic changed routines, social interactions and our sense of safety. It is normal to feel sad about the changes.
Grief is a natural response to loss. Today, it might look like the loss of social interactions or the sense of normalcy. Grief has stages and we usually don’t follow the same pattern. It can come in waves and changes daily or hourly. One moment you may be feeling energetic and hopeful and the next you’re feeling angry and powerless.
Changing emotion is normal. Give yourself compassion and allow those feelings while using a coping technique that works for you.
- Deep breathing
- Talking with someone
- Going for a walk
Stay positive and focus on what you can control. When you look at the worst-case scenario in every situation, feelings of despair can consume you. Ongoing negative thoughts can induce anxiety and fear. Try focusing on the positives. The goal is to find balance in your thoughts. Find enjoyment in the little things, like going for a walk in nature or talking with a good friend.
Life is different but aim to accept those differences. We can retreat from uncomfortable situations or embrace those moments.