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Anticipatory Grief and Other New Pandemic-Related Emotions
Social distancing. Flatten the curve. Shelter at home. Three months ago, we had never even heard of these terms. Now, they've become defining features of our lives. We've embraced this vocabulary as a means of understanding this surreal period we're living through.

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Mental health during a crisis

Mental health during a crisis

The crisis caused by the new virus has left us with an unprecedented set of unfamiliar emotions.

We have highs and lows on top of the undercurrent of an unbearable dread. The undercurrent i...

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Prolonged uncertainty

Prolonged uncertainty

We are dealing with the feeling of uncertainty, and we don't know when our feeling of uncertainty will end.

We dream about when we can safely leave our homes, see our loved ones, and go...

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Ambiguous loss

We have lost so much, and many elements missing from our normal lives are intangible and can hardly be identified. Because it is ambiguous, we find it difficult to know what we are mourning.

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Anticipatory grief

We live with the realization that we could lose our loved ones.

Those who are alone in quarantine grieve the loss of all direct human connection. Many are grieving the loss of loved ones w...

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Coping well during a crisis

Those who always look on the bright side are not the ones who cope the best in crisis. It's those who cultivate an attitude of Tragic Optimism - the ability to maintain hope and find meaning in...

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What we can do

What we can do

We can identify and articulate our feelings to ourselves, our diaries, or our loved ones.

Identify your stress triggers and check in with each emotion: guilt, shame, helple...

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Do rapid interventions

  • Pay attention to what you’re paying attention to: news, arguments, and otherwise.
  • Get outside as best you can.
  • Short term strategies start in your body; breathing and str...

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Resist advice to only be forward-looking

  • Take the time to look back at the stories in your family and cultures that deal with adversity and triumph.
  • This is not the first time we have risen to meet the challenge.

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Reaching out

Reaching out
  • Check on each other. Who has reached out to you? Whom have you reached out to?
  • Organize or join a meaningful virtual group to keep you social, act...

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Tackling loss

  • In order to move forward and tackle a loss, first lean into your disappointment and anger. It may also be helpful to keep a journal as a way to come to terms with your predicament and ensure your future actions are in line with your emotional well-being.
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