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How to Adapt and Thrive in the Face
of COVID-19 Changes and Transitions
By Jennifer Scott
While there is a lot of uncertainty in the world due to COVID-19, there seems to be one constant that’s impacting everyone: change. This global crisis is forcing all of us to rethink the way we work, learn, love and play, but many of us are also facing major life transitions as we also face the stresses of this pandemic. Of course, this can mean added pressure, but there are some ways you can cope and adapt. That’s where these tips can help.
Dealing with Major Life Transitions During Times of Crisis
Coping with big life changes is stressful, but dealing with those changes when there is also a global crisis going on can feel downright overwhelming. While most experts would advise waiting until external stressors are gone or at least lessened before making big decisions, some things simply can’t wait until the lockdown restrictions are lifted. To offset any feelings of anxiety, you should carefully research the best ways to avoid unnecessary stress or risk when dealing with these significant transitions.
For instance, if you need to buy a new home but can’t wait until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a major threat, educating yourself about the current real estate landscape can provide some much-needed peace of mind. Other major life changes that people are dealing with right now include getting married, having children, divorce and changing careers, all of which are monumental transitions that cannot always be scheduled or tailored around a widespread crisis. Knowing what to expect in these situations can help you avoid any added tension or worry.
Coping with Anxieties Related to Other COVID-19 Changes
While making critical decisions can be stressful during a global pandemic, it can also be challenging to deal with less significant changes to your normal routines and lifestyle. Millions of Americans are seeking ways to cope with COVID-19 changes right now, which means that finding resources to improve your own coping capabilities should be a little easier.
As you work through stress or anxiety, you may be feeling as the result of coronavirus changes, it’s important to understand that having a certain level of apprehension can be critical for keeping yourself safe from the disease. That low level of anxiety will mean that you are more likely to take preventative measures, like wearing a mask in public spaces or practicing social distancing outside. Instead of attempting to get rid of your anxiety regarding these smaller routine changes, try to find ways to get comfortable with those feelings. If you aren’t already doing so, practicing mindful meditation can be a wonderful method for reducing feelings of anxiety, and there are even free apps to help.
Feeling Comfortable with New Normals After COVID-19
People are adapting to all sorts of changes right now, including working from home and helping children with remote learning assignments. While these sorts of changes can take some getting used to, others can also help folks deal with COVID-19 stress and anxiety. Adopting a new pet or starting a “Victory Garden” are both ways to alleviate worries about what may be going on in the outside world. No matter what sort of changes you are experiencing due to the COVID-19 crisis, it’s important to understand that some of those changes may be temporary, whereas others may be around for longer. For instance, it’s likely that your children will go back to a traditional classroom at some point in the future, but some cultural shifts are bound to be permanent even when the threat of coronavirus is over. Being able to accept and adapt to these new normals will be critical for healing from the fallout of COVID-19; take the time during your own self-isolation to fully understand these new normals so you will be better prepared.
When to Get Help
In some cases, when anxiety becomes too difficult to manage, whether it’s yourself, your spouse or your entire family, consider the benefits of working with a therapist. This doesn’t have to be an added stressor either. Most therapists now offer online counseling, which provides the opportunity to get the therapy you need safely. If you, someone in your family or your entire family need counseling, look to Steve Miner Marriage and Family Therapy, where your family can get help to go “from striving to thriving.”
Whether expected or unexpected, change can be difficult to process. Make sure you have the tools to cope and adapt to any COVID-19 changes that may impact your life and to make sound decisions about major life transitions during this time.
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-Jennifer Scott is a lifelong sufferer of anxiety and depression. A single mom, she writes about the ups and downs of her mental illness on SpiritFinder.org. The blog serves as both a source of information for people with mental illness and a forum where those living with anxiety and depression can come together to discuss their experiences.