"COVID-19 Coping Mechanisms"

Updated: Dec 30, 2021



By now, I am sure you have read a bajillion articles about all the things you should be doing, could be doing better, are doing wrong, or could do if you paid to do it, as it relates to navigating through this very unprecedented uncharted territory that is COVID19. Well, full disclosure: this article isn’t that. It’s CRAZY how many self-proclaimed subject matter experts are emerging from an event that has literally never happened in the last century, or even ever, relative to the current situation. From my perspective, one of the most crucial components of progress is realism, which is kinda hard to come by these days.


Nevertheless, here are my top 5 recommendations for moving through COVID19, numbered, but in no particular order; you can mix and match as you please:

1. Utilize resources, especially if you’re struggling with mental health and wellness

With unemployment and uncertainty on the rise, almost everyone is or knows someone who has been negatively impacted by the pandemic. Below are a few resources from several good sources:


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/taraji-p-henson-creates-campaign-offer-african-americans-therapy-during-n1184586


http://workplacementalhealth.org/Employer-Resources/Working-Remotely-During-COVID-19


https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/current-events/supporting-your-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/


2. Avoid toxic positivity

I recently saw the phrase “toxic positivity” used by Madison Butcher, the blue-haired recruiter (and also fundamentally awesome human being), and it hit me hard, but right. Toxic positivity is a psychological weapon wielded by people who do not want to face reality, and it seeks to suppress honesty and integrity. It’s like “Stepford Wives” on steroids and should be avoided at all costs.


3. Create a specific space for work at home, if that is your current situation

At the start of the pandemic, while in quarantine, I thought I had it together for the most part, but I was sorely lacking in the area of designated spaces. I would be working on the couch, countertop, bedside, and just could not get it focused. Then along came blogger extraordinaire Jeaiza Quinones to help me get my situation sorted out. Check out this piece that definitely helped me put the pieces of this organizational puzzle together:


https://www.gyulmeetsworld.com/post/10-tips-to-help-you-make-the-most-of-working-remotely

*Side note/full disclosure: I wholeheartedly STAN for Jeaiza/Gyul Meets World, so you can expect more of the same in my contributions going forward.


4. The Best free time is ME time, and YOU time is true time

Friends, please understand: NO is a complete sentence. Don’t be afraid to use it to your advantage in order to protect your peace and maintain stability in this ever-changing world of moving parts an competing priorities. At the same time: say YES to yourself; take the time you need, and do it often!

5. Check up on your people


Last month, my beloved high school English teacher, called me on the first day of April, declaring it her “COVID Call’. As with any great tradition, I took the baton and paid it forward. Sometimes a simple text or phone call will suffice, but even if that gets to be too much, put some good vibes into the air/atmosphere.


And a Bonus recommendation:


6. Help whenever possible, but don’t overextend yourself


There is good living in the giving; never pour from an empty cup, but also be mindful not to waste a drop of overflow either.Help where you can, in whatever way you can.The old saying is a timeless one:sharing is caring.

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