The COVID-19 pandemic led to abrupt and massive changes. We have learned to adapt to new routines and protocols in the workplace, at home, at school, and in public settings. However, we still wonder how we will function as a society as we continue to fight the pandemic and find our “new normal” all while dealing with potential feelings of burnout. All these changes and unknowns can make us feel stressed and anxious.
Practice these tips to help you get through the transition:
Be mindful of emotions. During times of stress, it is common to have a wide range of emotions. We may be anxious, frustrated, angry, or sad. These are normal human reactions. Emotions provide us with information that causes us to react so that we can take care of ourselves.
Identify and validate feelings. It’s hard to control emotions when you don’t know what you’re feeling. Sometimes, when you’re busy, distracted, or don’t have much time for yourself, you may not be aware of what or how you’re feeling. Try going for a walk, talking to a friend, or just sitting quietly. If you can pinpoint the feeling, you can acknowledge it. That doesn’t mean you have a bad attitude, or that the feeling lasts forever. It just means you have an emotional reaction and, like the weather, the feelings will eventually pass.
Engage with supportive people. Talk to a trusted person, such as a friend, family member, or counselor. If we openly share our feelings without being judged, we feel less overwhelmed. Sharing with others can make us feel more supported and less alone. Look for opportunities to be that supportive person for people you care about. Mutually supportive relationships are the most rewarding.
Practice stress-reduction techniques. One of the most challenging things about emotions is learning to express them constructively. For example, you may be angry about something, but it is inappropriate to transfer that anger to someone else. Manage and express emotions in a healthy way with activities that bring you joy, release negative energy, and incorporate exercise. Such activities may be journaling, painting, singing, dancing, exercising, or meditating.
Be kind to yourself. Instead of condemning yourself for having certain feelings that make you feel worse, be compassionate to yourself. Being kind to yourself when you have emotional reactions provides a calming quality that puts us back on the path to feeling better.
Look for possibilities. Look for what is possible despite the current circumstances. Do not dwell on how things used to be, focus more on what is possible. Change is difficult and resistance is a natural human response. You can change your mindset with practice. If you find yourself focusing on the negative, stop and make a conscious effort to find the good in the situation.
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Source: Verywell Mind