Coping with Loss through the Pandemic

COVID-19 has truly changed the world. It has posed a great challenge to the world and will leave an indelible mark on the lives of people across the world. The disruptions in the normal routines and lifestyle have resulted in grief and anxiety. Not only are we mourning the loss of lives, but also mourning the loss of our routine lifestyle amongst many others. There are many people grieving over the loss of their businesses, jobs, and finances as a result of the pandemic; many others are equally grieving over the fact that their special events had to be cancelled. 

It is worthy to note that these losses can happen at the same time, which makes it even more daunting to cope with the grief of the loss and may delay one’s ability to heal or adapt. This is particularly so because, in an era of social distancing, it is very difficult for friends and relatives to stay close and share in the pain as well as provide the needed support. This, therefore, makes it even more difficult. You may question the stability of your mental health. But be rest assured that these feelings are valid and will help you come to terms with your loss. No matter what type of loss you have experienced, it is important to note that grieving over such losses is not invalid. However, it is paramount that one does not lose himself or herself while grieving over that which is already lost. The ensuing paragraphs, therefore, discuss a few ways of coping with loss during this time of COVID-19.  

The first step to coping with your loss is to accept your losses and how you feel. The pain, grief, and disbelief that you experience are very much normal. You may express such feelings physically by crying, psychologically by being depressed and emotionally by being sad. You have the right to express your feelings do not dismiss them. Find ways of expressing your grief; feel free to share how you feel with close friends, journaling and meditation may also work for others. These ways will help you walk your way through the grieving process. 

In the aftermath of a loss, caring for yourself may prove a very challenging work to do. However, it is the primary step to recovery. Basic self-care practices like proper eating habits and sleeping are very essential though challenging and difficult to do. Avoid finding a temporary escape from your grief through medication and alcohol abuse. Do not blame yourself for things that were beyond your control. 

Engage in restorative activities by building routines that will engage you and keep the mind off your loss. Consider building new routines like exercising, playing games, and interacting with others through voice and video calls to discuss plans for the future. 

Lastly, be patient. Healing and adjusting to your loss requires time and is dependent on your level of pliancy and the support you receive. Give yourself time to adjust to your loss before making any major decisions. 

Our memories during these uncertain times may last for a lifetime. However, we will have to take the best and forget the rest and someday we will find these moments of loss only enriched our experiences. 

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