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For a lot of people right now, life feels pretty strange. It's hard, maybe impossible, to make long term plans. You might feel like you have to make big decisions about things without having all of the info you need. Or you might be stressed about the things you don't get to decide. People everywhere are trying to figure out how to cope. Here are some things that might help.
It's good for you to have and show a range of emotions. This can help you to have a better outlook on life and cope with change. Grief, anger, and sadness are normal, healthy feelings in situations like loss or when you've been treated badly. It might help to write down what's going on and how you're feeling. Think about where in your body you notice your feelings, for example in your stomach, head, back, or hands.
Nobody's saying that the key to coping is forcing every lemon to be lemonade. But the way you think about things really does affect the way you feel. If you tell yourself that something is too hard or too stressful, it's definitely going to feel that way. But if you tell yourself you can handle something hard, you're more likely to be able to. Remember: If you tell yourself you can or if you tell yourself you can't—either way, you're right.
Here are some things you can try:
Pay attention to your current challenges, but find ways to take your mind off the chaos. Take a break by spending time on a project, a hobby, or by making an effort to call a friend once a week. Whatever you decide, choose things that help you feel better and are in line with your values. For example, streaming movies or TV shows can be a great way to distract yourself. But if you're going to spend a lot of time watching something, maybe choose a comedy series to make you laugh. Or maybe you have some big travel dreams (you know, for when travel is a thing again). If so, check out some documentaries about places that interest you.
Keeping yourself busy might keep you distracted. But it can also make you feel exhausted or add stress. A glass of wine or a beer in the evening may help some people relax. But too much drinking isn't a great way to deal with stress. It can actually make stress and anxiety worse. If you find that stress and anxiety are making it hard to manage daily life, talk to a doctor or healthcare provider.
Adaptation Date: 8/13/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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