If you need to slice an apple, you don't use a chainsaw. And if you need to chop an apple tree, you don't use a pocketknife. You find the right tool for the task ahead of you.
It doesn’t need to be said any more than it already has, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown us into an unprecedented time of confusion and struggle. Though world wars, terrorist attacks, recession, and natural disasters have all been a part of our personal histories, this pandemic is different because it is touching all of our lives, all around the world, at once.
It feels like we are being bombarded with a sea of bad news of what has happened in the world, and dire predictions for the future. Within seconds of scrolling through social media or a news site, our mind can jump to conclusions that seem pretty bleak. The result is an increase in anxiety, possible depression, and feelings of giving up. Long term, this is bad for our mental health. It’s like the effect of junk food on the body; before long, we simply feel terrible.
We've all endured the lecture on brushing and flossing more consistently while sitting in a dentist's chair. With one look, our dentist knows that we flossed the three days leading up to our appointment, so we could say, "Yeah, I floss." The dentist compliments us on our good habits, knowing full well that we may be stretching the truth.
Mental Health + Connection
The events of early 2020 have, and continue to, created a wave of anxiety throughout the globe. A lot of things have changed in just a few short weeks and it can be really difficult to manage the anxiety and not let it overwhelm your emotions. But we have found some things that can hopefully help you keep a calm head and a peaceful heart, during this and any future crisis you may face.