Inspiring Thoughts from EAC

Adapting to Change

By: Karen Thompson, LMSW, CEAP, CAADC, SAP, EAC Clinical Specialist —

“She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” –Elizabeth Edwards

Never in recent history has society been transformed as extensively as it has done under influence of COVID-19.    What is currently happening around the world with the COVID-19 pandemic can be described as a fairly big challenge, forcing us to adapt to significant changes in our lives.  There are still unknowns that lie ahead, and we will need to find ways to remain flexible and resilient through this period of time.

We have had to learn new ways of connecting with others.  There have been major changes both at home and in the workplace as a result of COVID-19.   Our sense of security and well-being depends on our ability to adapt to this new reality.

Feelings of stress, anxiety, frustration, and sadness are all normal responses.   We are all learning to adapt to the “new normal”.   Adjusting to these changes can be stressful, so it is important to take care of our emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Here are some strategies for adapting to this “new normal”:

  • Allow yourself to talk openly about your feelings related to COVID-19, but also find positive ways to connect to family and friends with a focus on something other than the virus.
  • Use the extra time at home to finish a book, play board games, learn a new hobby, or tackle unfinished projects.
  • Find ways to get active and enjoy the outdoors and sunshine.  Spend time in the yard or take daily walks.
  • Social distancing doesn’t have to be isolating. Be sure to check in on friends and colleagues who live alone.  If you live alone, connect regularly with those you know.
  • Work with your family to establish a daily routine and schedule.
  • Consider joining online support groups.

Remember that anxiety and stress are normal responses. For extra support during this time, contact EAC for phone or video counseling sessions.

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