We have been through a lot. Did you know that we have been grieving? Let’s consider the five stages of grief in relation to the pandemic. 1. Denial and isolation; 2. Anger; 3. Bargaining; 4. Depression, and 5. Acceptance. People do not necessarily experience each stage or go through them in the same order. In the early weeks of COVID-19, we were grieving the separation from friends, missed events, and missed opportunities.
According to the American Psychological Association, trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event like an accident, rape, or natural disaster. Let’s also take this a step further to include continuous fear and stress due to the extended pandemic. Immediately after the trauma-inducing event, shock and denial are typical. Longer-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea.
So, you’re not imagining the feelings you are having. It is a tough time. Seek coaching, counsel, and clinical support if you need it. There is no shame if you feel that these extenuating circumstances have led you to anxiety, depression, burnout, or worse. Here are some reminders of self-care during the pandemic from Live Well, the podcast.
We are in flux right now with plenty of uncertainty. There are different standards everywhere. Schools are doing their own things. It’s a lot. Have joy, find patience, and do your part. Prioritize wellness and take comfort in knowing you are doing your best. You will get through this.
This post was inspired by my article on Medium, The Intersection of the Pandemic x Police Brutality: Reconciliation and Healing Black Community Trauma.
Live Well is a women’s empowerment lifestyle brand helping women advance in purpose, wellness, and economic freedom. Established in 2010 by Dr. Jenn Edwards, Live Well specifically helps women engage in mindful performance, build generational businesses, and practice holistic self-care. Jennifer is a wife, mother of two children, scientist, author, speaker, professor, and fourth generation entrepreneur.