By John Leverington, LMFT, LPC, LCSW
Life has become much more complicated and stressful in the last few months or weeks, depending on what country you are living in, as the Corona Virus spreads around the globe. It has brought physical, emotional and spiritual challenges as we cope with the changes to daily life, relationships, personal space, church and team meetings. I have felt the effects on my own life, my family our counseling team and our counseling practice. All of them are changing on a daily basis. We are all feeling uncertain about what could happen next, as we listen to the news about the spread of this pandemic. Stress can affect the immune system, but short-term stress that is managed well is less likely to have this affect. Taking steps to manage and reduce your stress in a healthy way will make a difference.
Stewart Shankman, chief psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University says, “The biggest source of anxiety is uncertainty, not knowing what’s going to happen, when it’s going to happen, how long this is going to last. And we don’t know. So, trying to know, trying to resolve that uncertainty, is counterproductive. It’s going to make you more anxious.” That doesn’t mean denying or trying to suppress your desire to know, but accepting that it isn’t possible to know.
We need faith and friends in this time of uncertainty to deal with the unknown. I pray you will experience both in deeper and more meaningful ways as we deal with the current effects of COVID-19 on our lives.
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