What Comes After the Pandemic? Here Are 4 Myths Busted
Myth 3: No one can learn resilience
I think we all have someone in our lives whom we admire for being resilient; someone who seems to have gone through so many hardships and still finds motivation to move on or even thrive.
And I also think we’d want to be that kind of person ourselves.
Here’s some good news: you can learn to be resilient. All it takes is finding meaning out of adversity and accepting your emotions. Most of us can find support in our loved ones, but with social distancing rules, it’s difficult to even get that kind of help.
Others may even lack support from family because, let’s be honest, being locked in the house with someone – even someone you love! – can come with many arguments. If you think you need help in establishing a good connection with your special someone, our post on 4 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Relationship This Pandemic may help.
Additionally, there are many online support groups where you can talk to people in the same situation. Sometimes simply opening up about your feelings can help you to understand yourself and gain resilience.
Our list of The Best Free Apps to Manage Your Depression in 2020 might help you find just the right solutions for your wellbeing.
Myth 4: Short-term mental health doesn’t matter
As a general conclusion, specialists estimate that most of us will be mentally stable after the pandemic is over. However, it’s equally important to acknowledge our emotions and accept the fact that right now we are going through a rough time.
PeConga says that 95% of people can experience acute stress in the hours or days after trauma. Fortunately, only 20% of those people end up developing long-term mental or emotional problems.
Meanwhile, Bedard-Gillian describes the pandemic as a period of chronic, short-term stress mixed with isolated episodes of acute stress.
I think even the most optimistic of us have gone through a wide range of emotions and thoughts since the pandemic started. We’ve all felt fear of the unknown, anger, frustration and some of us may have suffered actual trauma due to the COVID-19 virus.
If you’ve lost a loved one due to this illness or you’ve received this diagnosis yourself, it’s perfectly normal to experience extreme emotions. On the other hand, if you truly feel that you can’t move on or if you have any negative thoughts that might put your own life in danger, it’s best to seek professional help.
Luckily, technology is a great tool in times like these. Now we can attend therapy sessions online as well, which minimizes health risks and may actually help us learn to become resilient in the long run.
Regardless if you’re already seeing a therapist or not, our post on 7 Signs Your Therapy Sessions Are Worth It might be helpful.
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How have you been dealing with the post-pandemic life so far? Share your journey in the comment section and we’ll reply by offering a special tip for you!