As COVID-19, also called the coronavirus, continues to spread, our nation is in a unique and highly unusual situation – a situation where there aren’t answers, there’s little way to know when the pandemic will end or get better, and limited opportunities for people to engage in positive social activities to help them cope. Everyone is affected. This virus does not target specific people or populations – it simply impacts everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status and that is precisely what makes it so scary.
There is so much information being released by the media regarding the importance of social distancing and encouraging people to distance themselves from social gatherings and social interactions. I want to suggest we practice “physical distancing” while adopting a new terminology: “social embracing.” We are embracing the importance of social interaction and the need and desire to connect; right now, we should demonstrate alternate methods of social interaction through physical distancing. Being socially wise while using physical distancing is really what our country needs – not social isolation and increased loneliness and depression.
Many people are already working hard just to have the basic life necessities. When individuals are tackling the basics of housing, food, and safety, the brain works harder. That’s when fear and anxiety can rush into the brain. While this can be a normal response to a crisis or threat, it doesn’t have to be. This is why everyone is stocking up on food and buying copious amounts of toilet paper and hand sanitizer: it’s normal, but not necessary! There are tools and resources available to help people manage their fear and anxiety. While no solution is a fix–all, many of these resources, if used, can help regulate mood and improve an individual’s ability to cope. Below I list several resources for business and individual use – I hope that you will find them helpful.
Individual and workplace mental and emotional wellbeing:
My hope is that you will use and share these resources to help with the fear, anxiety, and isolation that you and/or others might be feeling during this time. We are all in this together. We all have our own worries, anxieties, and concerns about how this situation will impact us. Right now, the best thing you can do is take care of your overall wellbeing. Each day you wake up know that you’ve got this, you have choices even if they are altered. You have resources to help you, and NO ONE is in this alone.
Take this situation day by day, reach out and call a friend or family member, enjoy some fresh air, read a good book, watch a great movie or series, get creative and cook, color, paint, use your new apps, or play fun games. All the things you wish you had more time for before, you have time for now. Be present and know this too shall pass.
Sending you light and healing energy,