For billions of individuals around the globe, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced many into crisis situations that they never expected to find themselves facing. Each new day brings a new set of news updates – the rising case numbers, new deaths, and increased restrictions on public movement and interaction. This constant state of panic, dread, and stress – mixed with the 24-hour news cycle focused on the burden of death and suffering – can leave even the most battle-hardened individuals facing mental health struggles.
When feelings of grief go unchecked for long periods of time, destructive behaviors can quickly follow. Not only is the virus itself leaving a trail of physical illness, but the mental health implications are staggering. For many, the pandemic has brought on a new experience of mental health difficulty. For others, the increased global health crisis has only exacerbated their mental health issues.
To find hope, a proper understanding of the common and completely normal experiences that occur in moments of grief and crisis can help individuals react and respond when difficult emotions arise.