Coping in the Face of Uncertainty


While nothing in life is certain, the current situation of this pandemic -- with school closures, sports suspensions, calls to work from home and self-quarantine -- serves to make our lives especially uncertain. During this time of uncertainty and quickly changing circumstances, it is normal for people of all ages to experience to feel worried, anxious, as well as a range of other emotions. For some, this anxiety might not be related to getting sick, but other circumstances such as: lack of access to healthcare, financial need that would require you to keep working, loved ones who are more vulnerable to the virus (adults over age 60 or people with compromised immune systems), or past experiences of trauma that left you feeling unsafe or out of control. We would encourage you to discuss these questions with trusted friends, family members or colleagues: 

  1. How am I feeling about the current situation?
  2. What fears, anxieties, or worries might be causing my emotions? 
  3. How will the current situation impact my life and/or my family?
  4. What has helped me deal with stressful situations in the past, and how can I use them now?

Make a Resiliency Plan

Plan for the future, even a day or week at a time with the current situation in mind. 
Think about what you want to accomplish when all of this passes, for example, a vacation, more education, etc.
What can you do now that may help your friends, family and community?
Make plans with others to check in, talk, do activities (even virtually) together.

Education and General Resources for Families 

Please see the linked document of family-friendly resources collected from around the internet, vetted by educators and parents, to be used by families who need to keep kids occupied while learning and working remotely. You can also access this list of General Well-Being references to help during this time.

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