You’re not alone…

The guidance around COVID-19 keeps changing as we learn more about it. It may feel like there is a lot of ambiguity and this can make people a little nervous, confused, or anxious. As the pandemic shifts, the advice is different from day to day, leaving us to quickly adjust to new rules and regulations.

As the restrictions are beginning to loosen, this is an exciting moment for some while for others it may be a nerve-racking experience…as well as totally confusing in between it all.

Below are some tips to help you cope with this current phase of the pandemic.

1. Remember everyone has their own comfort level…

With the restrictions loosening up – try not to compare your level of comfort with anyone else’s. Check in with yourself first about your limits and boundaries. Figure out what you’re comfortable with and then plan accordingly to those standards.

2. Remind yourself how much you’ve already managed to adapt to…

Look at how resilient you’ve already been! There is no right way to respond to this because we’ve never been in a pandemic during our lifetime. Give yourself some credit and grace.

3. Learn to embrace uncertainty…

This is easier said than done but acknowledging that we don’t know what’s to come and sitting with it can encourage you to focus on the present moment. Think about what you already know at this current time and try to use that information to help you come up with a decision on how to move forward.

4. Use your wise mind…

Our minds have three different states. The logical mind is where one approaches a situation intellectually and makes decisions based solely on facts. The emotional mind is where one approaches situations using feelings and the wise mind is when one makes decisions based on the balanced combination of both the emotional and the logical minds. The wise mind allows people to recognize and respect their feelings while responding in a rational manner.

5. Look at uncertainty from a different perspective…

It’s been said that uncertainty can be an “emotional amplifier,” meaning that uncertainty amplifies the emotions of whatever you’re thinking about. For example, it can be unpleasant to be uncertain about whether you’re going catch COVID-19, but it’s pleasant to be uncertain about how the new food you’re trying will taste. Looking at uncertainty in the lense of unexpected joy can take away some of the fear. Leaning into uncertainty as you do when you’re going to a new place, reading a new book, eating new food, learning a new language, and traveling abroad can help you to be more open to uncertainty, and more creative. We don’t know how these experiences will turn out, but we are still willing to engage in them.

6. Continue to follow the rules set out by government and health officials…

Part of the confusion may come from a large amount of information we’re met with each day. Having a trusted source to check for information can be helpful. Click here for our resources available. Also, remember that as much as precautions minimize risk, it does not eliminate it.

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