Posted on September 15, 2020 / Matters
Dealing with change during the COVID-19 pandemic
Constant change has been a big part of the COVID -19 pandemic. There have been lots of changes in the way we learn, work and live our daily lives, which can be stressful or scary to deal with. It might feel like as soon as you get used to one thing (e.g. staying at home) things change again. If you are feeling uneasy about returning to school (or any other change) there are some things that you can do that might make coping a bit easier.
Think things through and ask, “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” We are often stressed about change because we are afraid of the unknown . A good way to deal with the unknown is to think things through carefully. Imagine all the best-and-worst case scenarios. Write them down if it helps. Sometimes it is not as bad as it seems at first.
Ask yourself how much you can control: It is important to think how much control over the situation you really have .Understanding your role ,what you can do , and how much you can change, can help put things into perspective .Keeping up to date with factual information , while limiting media exposure will mean you are informed but not alarmed .
Accept and reframe: Accepting that things are beyond your control, and choosing to be comfortable with that, is likely to bring a greater peace of mind. Try to view change as an opportunity to learn or do something differently, rather than a setback.
Celebrate the positives: Even though it is a tough ask, focusing on the positives can really help you manage change. While the positive aspects of a situation may not be obvious to begin with, it’s worth seeking them out –no matter how small.
Take action: If there are some challenges that are within your control, try an active approach to dealing with them .Try some problem –solving techniques, or set some goals to proactively deal with the challenges.
Manage your stress: Reducing your stress level will go a long way to helping you deal with change. Meditation or mindfulness activities can be helpful and there are a variety of apps available to guide you through these techniques.
Seek Help: It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed when you are facing changes that are big, or there’s too many happening all at once. This is when it might be best to seek support. Consider asking friends or family for help or support. Or you can look at some options for getting professional help.
The ever changing landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for us all to develop ways to cope with change and deal with uncertainty. Try to remember that you do not have to deal with it on your own.
Stay safe and stay connected
Director Student Welfare Services