In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The articles, meditations, podcasts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.
If we can name it, we can manage it. World experts on grief and traumatic events offer insight in “That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief” through the Harvard Business Review.
“Both/and” is a therapeutic concept, and it’s especially relevant now if we’re going to bolster our psychological immune systems along with our physical ones. Rather than bingeing on anxiety, this concept can help you to stay grounded in the present.
Journalist Dan Harris is providing sanity tools such as mindfulness meditations, podcast episodes, scientific interviews, and handy guides, and will be hosting live streams every weekday. Add it to your routine to gain even more tips, and if you’re a healthcare professional, you can access their app for free.
It can help to read how others are feeling and responding in this moment as well, at least to find assurance that you’re not alone in what you’re experiencing. Jamie Tworkowski from the mental health organization TWLOHA reminds us that hope is what will get us all through. Yes, better things to come are still on their way. For now, reach out to others and do what you can to receive support.
Crisis Text Line: In the US, you can text TALK to 741741 to be connected to a trained crisis counselor for free, 24/7. (UK: text SHOUT to 85258. Canada: text TWLOHA to 686868.)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks from Santa Clara County:
If you are in need of a support group for depression, try LiveWell Foundation’s group.
The Healing Power of Laughter from National Comedy Center
Psychology Today: “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”
Wellness recommendations in “Self-Care Tips to Get You Through the New Coronavirus Normal” from KQED
In the podcast “Calm Stability in the Crisis of Coronavirus,” Sherry Walling gives some internal stability tools and tips to help turn down our body’s emergency response systems and restore clarity.
“Social distancing comes with social side effects – here’s how to stay connected” covers ways to strengthen bonds while keeping physical distance, and how to flex your capacity for empathy and caring in times of suffering.