For the most part, COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) plunged the world into what seems like uncharted territory.  While there is no one size fits all mechanism, how does one cope in times like this??

Some people respond with shock or panic, others exhibit grace under pressure, while some willfully ignore the situation altogether. This is a new kind of crisis and we are all learning as we go. COVID-19 is testing our character, resilience and courage each day. The effects of this novel disease on humanity is the very definition of disruption.

It’s important for us to know that everyone is going through a tough tide, we will not pull through without major losses, and the best way to neutralize this is by looking out for each other.

Here are a few pointers to help you navigate this time of uncertainty:

1.Make an effort to video-chat family and friends (staying connected to loved ones when you live apart, helps reinforce your bond, which is much-needed at a time like this).

2. Be mindful of and sensitive to the unique mental and physical health needs of others.

3.Acknowledge the anxiety and fears of individuals and communities that surround you. Whilst one’s anxiety is triggered by the uncertainty of where tomorrow’s meal will come from, another’s anxiety could be triggered by the mere fact that they are running out of bacon and cheese, and for someone else, sleepless nights because they can not visit their sick parent who is suffering from COVID-19.

4.Stay active through physical activity stick to routines or create new ones, and engage in activities that give you a sense of achievement.

5.The most important thing is positive thinking. We will get through this. We will learn from this and we will make positive changes in the way we live our lives.

Charity Maruva is a Harare based counselor and the founder of Solutions Counseling. Charity has been providing therapeutic services to children, teens, adults and families for the past 10 years.

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