It’s OK to feel upset and to acknowledge to yourself and to others these are difficult times. Yet this could be an opportunity to think about what you value or really want to do with your life. If you look at this period as an intentional practice of not going out to restaurants and bars, you may realize you can thrive without those routines. When the pandemic subsides and the emergency is lifted, you may find you appreciate the freedom to go to the gym or hang out with your friends even more.
The pandemic may raise thoughts of mortality. A positive way of thinking about mortality is to recognize what’s really important to you in life, which might be having meaningful relationships, contributing to the betterment of society, or being creative.
Just because we can’t interact with people face-to-face doesn’t mean we need to be isolated and passive. It’s normal to feel anxious, but we can process the experience, keep active and connected, maintain as much of a routine as we can, and build resilience as we weather the crisis.