It’s been four weeks since the coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and the associated disease, COVID-19, was officially designated a pandemic.
The initial shock, disbelief, fear, confusion has largely subsided and now people are asking, what happens next?
Stress from the unknown, from sheltering alone or in a crowded home, from boredom or overwork – these things are taking a toll and now the stress is causing, or reigniting, mental health symptoms.
You may be experiencing increased tearfulness, irritability, or returning to unhealthy coping mechanisms that you thought you’d left behind.
You’re not alone in this – it’s happening to us all. So now what? How do we get back to ourselves in the days of a “new normal”?