Coping with the Unknown
For many, the fear of the unknown can be greater than any present obstacle. COVID-19 has bombarded our daily lives with uncertainty. More than nine months into this pandemic, we are still forced to navigate through untracked territory. Lives have been altered, careers have been put on hold, schools and businesses have closed, loved ones have been separated, and the list goes on.
How can we plan for a future that seems to change daily? How can we calm our anxieties when everywhere we turn (i.e. the media) we are given a different answer?
The solution isn’t simple. We are all facing the same pandemic, but the challenges it presents differs from person to person. Our culture, our community, our lifestyle, our age, our race, our gender, our financial stability, our support system, and our health all effect our ability to cope with this pandemic and the severity of which we feel COVID-19 impacting our lives:
- Talk about life stressors with loved ones. Communication is a wonderful tool to help one feel less lonely and isolated when overcoming an obstacle. Take time to flesh out your specific fears, and formulate a game plan to address them in the future. Having some form of a plan or protocol on what to do gives you back the power and creates a sense of control. We may not be able to predict what the future holds, but we choose our reactions and what comes after. Remember, yesterday made you stronger.
- Stay in the present to help prevent further anxiety and fear. Another strategy to consider is to focus on the “here and now” rather than what’s to come tomorrow. Take life one step at a time, challenge by challenge. Worrying about the future won’t change it, so focusing on what you can do in the present moment may make a difference in managing concerns regarding future circumstances.
Just remember, we are all in this together. We may feel things and be impacted differently…but we are ALL feeling and being impacted. You are not alone.