The pandemic has led many people to experience a different way of living, interacting, working, and getting their basic needs met. In California, the safe at home order has been in effect for months now. Understandably, making sense of a pandemic and a change in daily life has certain implications.
Change and Uncertainty at The Same Time Compounded by Emotions
- Making new adjustments and preparations each day and when doing necessary tasks like shopping.
- More energy is being used to function while in this state of uncertainty.
- Grieving cancelled celebrations, holiday gatherings, not seeing loved ones in person or at all, etc.
- Keeping track of what to do and what not to do based upon the news briefings by government officials.
- You might find yourself feeling sad, angry, anxious, confused, frustrated, or stressed. You might have one or combination of these experiences, with fluctuating levels of intensity.
To experience one of the above circumstances would lead a person to feel distressed. All of these combined take a significant mental, physical, and emotional toll. And even if you know the importance of the necessary changes such as physical distancing, you will still be impacted mentally, physically, and emotionally. On top of all of the changes we have had to make and negative emotions like fear and grief we have experienced so far, we are also left not knowing how long the changes will last.
The Cumulative Toll
Even if an individual has had the intention to function at a desirable level, or at a level they used to function at pre-pandemic, it might take more mental and physical energy to carry on because of the cumulative toll of this new way of living. If you don’t feel okay or at your best, that’s okay. In fact, that’s completely normal and natural. As discomforting as it may be, there’s importance in acknowledging how you feel and the difficulty you’re experiencing on a daily or weekly basis because then you’ll be able to do what is most helpful for you. This might even include experiencing the emotions you’re feeling because, if not attended to, they might continue to fester and grow in order to make itself known.
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