Well it has been a year since I wrote COVID-19 Residuals Part I (Jones, 2020). I discussed what was going on at the time as the country shut down in March 2020 and we were four months into it when I wrote the mini blog. We are currently around 16 months into the pandemic. There is some real light at the end of the tunnel as more than 50% of Americans are vaccinated for COVID-19. The CDC has eased up on mask-wearing. More and more people are beginning to move about in restaurants, stores, and they are beginning to travel again. What effects of the pandemic are still going on?
There are a number of people that had COVID-19 and are still feeling effects such as breathing issues, headaches, and organ issues, among other effects (Mayo Clinic, 2021). Jobs are slow to return, finances are still decreased, and many are still feeling anxious as we “open up”. There is also anxiety about returning to the workplace versus working remotely.
While we are still trying to figure out our new normal, here is a review of a few tips I have previously given to help keep you moving in the right direction.
- Practice self-care regularly.
- Seek out help from a licensed mental health professional, if needed.
- Be there for others.
- Share community resources with others
- Be aware of your moods and look for any signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety, and any post traumatic symptoms, including secondary trauma.
- Be kind to yourself. It’s okay to give yourself mercy and grace. Nobody is perfect.
- Hang in there.
Jones, E. (2020). COVID-19 Residuals Part I. Retrieved on May 29, 2021, from COVID-19 Residuals Part I by Dr. Ee’a Jones ~ July 2020 (sinceremediapro.com)
Mayo Clinic. (March 2021). COVID-19 (coronavirus): Long-term effects. Retrieved May 29, 2021, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-long-term-effects/art-20490351#:~:text=Long%2Dterm%20effects%20COVID,within%20a%20few%20weeks.