Coping mechanisms: Let's try laughter
More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic things are changing for the better, but we're not out of the woods (or masks) yet. It doesn't look like we will be for a while. It's hard to look back on this year without crying, laughing, or just cringing with anxiety.
The expectations of what a year tucked away at home could be in stark contrast with the reality of what it was for most of us: just surviving with our sanity in tact. So, let's take a minute and laugh at the year while we think about our next steps towards what will become our new normal.
We all used coping mechanisms of some kind to get through day to day. Even if you felt pretty okay being home, there was always anxiety about going out into the world or that hovering sense of being trapped.
You've survived a year of intense change and fear. You've made it to this day and that in itself is cause for celebration. Whatever you did or did not accomplish this year, whatever positive or negative habits you created to get you through, whatever coping strategies you came up with, the important thing is: YOU ARE HERE!