anxiety and loss
Mental Health

Dealing with Anxiety & Loss in 2020

When future generations look back on the year 2020, it will certainly be one that stands out from the rest — unfortunately, for all the wrong reasons. For those of us living in the here and now, however, there remains much trepidation as we struggle to face our anxiety over the losses we have suffered.

Part of the problem is there is no set timetable for when all of this will end and we can resume what passes for a normal life. Our present state of affairs means we are dealing with:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic
  • Western wildfires
  • Hurricanes on the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic seaboard
  • Civil unrest in the form of riots in cities all across the country
  • A government in turmoil
  • Economic collapse and job layoffs

Cumulative Effect Takes a Harsh Toll

Even just one of the above is enough to throw most of us off-kilter. But taken en masse and simultaneously, even the hardiest among us are thrown for a loop. Almost as soon as we reconcile ourselves to one unfortunate circumstance, we are whiplashed with yet another devastating occurrence that takes the rest of the wind out of our sails.

Finding a Path to Cope in 2020

Coping with the loss of loved ones to COVID-19 is likely the toughest hurdle to overcome. In many cases, those who passed from the Coronavirus did so alone, without the comfort of their spouses and relatives gathered near. Even spiritual advisers and priests were unable to pray over their last moments or give them last rites as they lay dying.

That type of loss isn’t going to be easily mitigated, especially while the world is still struggling with its response to this pandemic. So, where do the answers lie?

Seeking Solace from Varied Sources

Whether you buried a loved one prematurely, lost a home to a wildfire or inundation, or came undone from the steady series of unrelenting bad news, it’s important to seek what solace you can from wherever it may be available. 

Some people find their hopes renewed by turning to their faith. Others get restored by eating well and exercising. Still, others need to seek counseling and start a course of antidepressants or antianxiety medication to manage.

Whether it’s yoga or prayer, one thing that you don’t want to do is drown your sorrows in drink or drugs, as that will only create more problems for you in the long run. Try to find a healthy balance no matter what you choose.

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