This May, we’ll be exploring various aspects of mental health in a new series called “How Do I Deal?” As we navigate Mental Health Awareness month during COVID-19 this year, we feel like this current moment in time requires us to go a few layers deeper as we learn how to manage all the grief hope, whiplash, fear, anxiety, and sadness we may be feeling in this moment and beyond.
Originally published in Girls’ Night In Newsletter Issue #167.
How do I deal? It’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately, and I know I’m not alone.
In this present moment, celebrating the small things is helping me keep it somewhat together. In last week’s issue, Carey wrote about just that, tiny victories, and I’m thrilled it resonated with so many of you. I’ve also taken up the practice of sharing gratitudes daily on my Instagram. It’s been such a nice way to pause and reflect on wins as small as “The sun came out today” and others as momentous (and cute) as “A friend adopted a puppy.” Inviting new rituals into my life and reflecting on some wins has been my personal way of “dealing” with what’s happening, little by little. (That, and, if you read my note from a few weeks ago, you know very well that I’ve fallen deep down the gardening rabbit role for a new, calming practice, too.)
We all have different methods of coping with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, in small and large ways because it’s… a lot. That’s why, during the month of May, we’re going to focus each Friday’s newsletter on a different aspect of mental health. While we’ve touched on mental health in the past, it feels like this current moment in time is asking us to go a few layers deeper.
This is all very hard. We’re experiencing collective trauma and feeling so many different things: despair, hope, whiplash, fear, grief, boredom, anxiety, regret, and sometimes even excitement. During this period of increased stress on our minds and bodies, we want to help connect you to resources and tools to help you deal with as much of it as possible.
In the following weeks, we will share fresh perspectives on therapy, how to find levity when it feels the most out-of-reach, grappling with grief in various forms, and more. This week, to kick off our month-long #HowDoIDeal series, Alma therapists answered our questions about how to maintain our mental health during all this. You can read what they had to say here.
My closing question for you is: How are you dealing and what are you doing to cope right now? We’d love to hear from you. Let us know below and we might use your answer in an upcoming post for our community. And make sure to follow @girlsnightinclub for more #HowDoIDeal resources.
P.S. One tiny tip: I’ve started saving helpful mental health tools and reminders on Instagram into a folder called “mental health.” I found this post from NAMI recently on five mental health check-ins helpful recently.