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Managing the Emotional Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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On January 21. 2020, the first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported. Since then, we have been inundated with terms such as COVID-19, coronavirus, self-quarantine and social distancing. Not only is there a lot to learn about the current pandemic, there are a lot of emotions. Fear, sadness, confusion and anger are just a few of the feelings we are experiencing. Not only do we experience our own emotions, we also absorb those of our friends, families, children, loved ones, and what is communicated on social media. It can be overwhelming!

Emotional Roller Coaster Ride

We all feel different things at different times, and we will continue to do so as the pandemic evolves. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions. The good news is these feelings are normal and the even better news is we all have qualities that can help us be resilient. We just need to activate them. It is equally important to address any emotions that are causing excessive worry including feelings of being out of control, unable to function or think clearly. Contact PAS at (800) 356-0845 if you need assistance.

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Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”– Marie Curie

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