Wellness Bits by Barb Tauferner,
Director of Visitation and Parish Nurse
Let's be honest. This new virus has brought with it a large dose of loss. The level of our feelings of loss may be big (high level fear/anxiety related to unreliable income or loneliness) or small (can't go where I want, when I want, with who I want). What's a big loss to you may be smaller to me and visa versa. But the bottom line is that all of us are experiencing loss.
How do we best cope with these feelings of loss? Mental Health experts are telling us that the first step is to be honest with our feelings. Allow yourself and others to grieve these losses, without judgment. Have a good cry, talk with family and friends, reach out to a mental health website and/or counselor for support and guidance. Do something.
And then take this next step: acknowledge who and what is good in your life. This is an important component in helping you live with and deal with loss. This step helps give you balance and hope. So go ahead and grieve, but also embrace the other G word: GRATITUDE. Let's do this together. We'll feel better for it in body, mind and spirit. I guarantee it!
Be KIND. Be HOPE. Be LOVE.