Coping during the Pandemic
We are living through uncertain times with our cities and countries taking unprecedented measures to protect our health and safety. For many of us this means social-distancing and staying home, although for some this means working on the front lines and providing essential services. However this is shaping our lives, we are facing the emotional challenges of change, uncertainty, physical separation, financial strain, loss, and vulnerability. We are all responding and coping in different ways, and yet we are all in this together.
I have compiled below some resources that may be helpful during this turbulent time, and I will continue to update this list. Feedback is always welcome.
Let's try and take this time as an opportunity to tread lightly, be mindful, stay connected, and have compassion (for ourselves and others.)
Brené Brown Podcast: Comparative Suffering and Strategies for Falling Apart
Brené Brown's new podcast series Unlocking Us -- other topics include dealing with grief and anxiety and tough first times
HBR Article: That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief
Interview with David Kessler, expert on grief, in Harvard Business Review
"There is something powerful about naming this as grief. It helps us feel what’s inside of us. So many have told me in the past week, 'I’m telling my coworkers I’m having a hard time,' or 'I cried last night.' When you name it, you feel it and it moves through you. Emotions need motion. It’s important we acknowledge what we go through."
Daily Live Meditation and Sanity Break
Daily meditation and featured guest interview with Dan Harris of Ten Percent Happier
Online Yoga for Uncertain Times
A Yoga with Adriene collection assembled to support you in times of uncertainty.
TED Ideas Article: "I'm incredibly anxious about coronavirus. What should I do?"
Advice column with psychologist Guy Winch
Centre for Loss Article: This Pandemic of Grief
On the nature of loss during this pandemic by grief counsellor Alan D. Wolfelt
Atlantic Article: Dear Therapist's Guide to Staying Sane During the Pandemic
By psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb
Tara Brach Talk: Facing Pandemic Fears with an Awake Heart
Tara Brach on mindfulness and compassion during this collective crisis
Social Distance Podcast: Staying Sane
Interview with Lori Gottlieb on managing anxiety and talking to family members about the crisis
CAMH: Coping with Stress and Anxiety
Strategies to maintain mental wellness during the pandemic from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Mindfulness Articles: Practicing During a Pandemic
Six teachings on how to find compassion and equanimity in a time of great uncertainty (Tricycle magazine)
Live-Stream Meditation Practices
With Sharon Salzberg, Mindy Newman, Koshin Paley Ellison to ease anxiety amid our social-distancing efforts (Tricycle Magazine)
A collection of podcasts and poetry for however you're processing or experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic (with the On Being Project)
Forbes Article: How to Manage Your Relationship in Tight Quarters
By marriage therapist Erika Boissiere