The Challenges due to Covid-19
The exceptional situation that has been created by the COVID-19 pandemic has put our lifestyle in check, and presents us with a challenge in different areas: health care, academic-professional, economic, and also in emotional-relational areas. Confinement has arrived all of the sudden, forcing us to relate, to have fun and, for many of us, to work in a different way.
We have all asked ourselves several of these questions in the last few days:
- When will the situation be resolved?
- How long will I have to stay at home?
- Am I a carrier of the virus?
- Will I be able to manage this situation?
- How will I handle working remotely?
- What about the economy?
- And the children´s school year?
This is a new situation for all of us in which many questions arise and remain unanswered because no one knows how to answer them with certainty.
The suddenness of the changes that we must carry out, together with the uncertainty that surrounds this whole situation, makes the circumstances dizzying, leading us to experience changes in our mood, accompanied by a feeling of constant worry and anxiety. In some cases, the emotional distress goes beyond this: we may not be able to avoid focusing on the negative, or we may have a constant thirst for information. We may also have difficulty concentrating or even find it harder to sleep than usual.
We experience current circumstances as a stressful situation that activates our emotional and physiological alertness. There are many reasons for this, especially since the situation requires us to activate certain resources, which can be a challenge. An example of this is flexibility and tolerance to change. A large number of people in our society seem reluctant or fearful of change. This is especially true when it comes to such drastic changes, have an impact on all areas of our lives. Too many changes, too fast, too difficult to manage and to digest with our current tools.