Many of us are experiencing loss and grief during the pandemic. Emotions like anxiety, anger, sadness or loneliness might be signs of how we're feeling.
The pandemic has changed people's lives in many ways. In addition to feeling the fear due to Covid-19, you're likely grieving the loss of your normal routine. Humans crave routine. We need normalcy and structure and the feeling that things make sense. All of that has been taken from us this year.
If you’re feeling low energy or irritable or finding it hard to get things done, even things you normally would enjoy, you’re probably experiencing a low grade depression caused by not only the fear of the virus by the isolation that it has created.
That isolation brings up intense feelings of loss. We have all lost so much this year. Being with friends and family, coming and going as we please, participating in celebrations, marking milestones, honoring lost lives, worshipping together, gathering as a community, shoot, even Sunday dinners are gone. Never have we ever been so isolated and it hurts.
It helps to name the emotions that you’re feeling and to recognize that part of this is intense grief. We have to mourn what we’ve lost. And remember with grief it’s important to be gentle with yourself. To share your feelings, to get help and remember that it won’t be like this forever.