Many people's mental health has plummeted since COVID-19. Dealing with the pandemic effects has not been easy, and most are struggling with some degree of feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, grief, and a variety of other strong emotions. Those with a mental illness may have gotten worse or dormant issues may have triggered and come to the surface. The effects of the pandemic may have led some to seek help for their mental health, but others suffer in silence. I encourage you to encourage others not to suffer in this way.
Mediumship is NOT a cure for grief, but it can help support you in practicing self-love and healing as you process your thoughts and feelings during the grieving process. Everyone is worthy of care and support when dealing with pain, and a Medium might be the one to offer it.
Dealing with Loss and Grief
The process of passing has changed a lot during the pandemic. Many people deal with grief over tablets and zoom, and not being able to grief properly can disrupt the natural process. I know someone whose uncle passed away in December of 2020. She was surprised because her family followed the government's guidelines. They wore masks inside the funeral home, and there was a limited amount of people allowed for the funeral service. Her dad lived in Switzerland and had to get government authorization to visit Canada for the funeral, which caused more stress.
Grief is one of the hardest emotions someone can face. It can be the loss of a loved one, a job, social connection, pets, or the change in the way things used to be. Grief can bring about a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. However, the healing process can continue despite living during a pandemic.
I've personally spoken to multiple Mediums who notice an uptick in readings where the spirit labors their breathing or gives a sensation of drowning, and it's revealed to be COVID. Rest assured that if you lost someone to this illness, they are healed from the ailment once they cross over to the other side. My heart goes out to all those who are grieving.
While practicing social distancing, work with a grief counselor virtually or in person, join a virtual support group for mourners, or sign up for a mediumship reading. After the pandemic, plan to grieve with others in a social setting with loved ones in nature. Mother Nature can showcase the cycles of life and death and nurture you with soothing energy.
Stress and Anxiety
The world we live in is constantly changing due to the pandemic. As we strive not to rebel against the new normal, it seems like there is always something new to adjust to. Seek coping strategies that work for you and your family and accept that some anxiety or fear level is normal. Remember to find a balance, unplug, and seek support from others.
Since the pandemic began, there has been a lot of stigma surrounding those who might have the virus or contracted the virus. Stigma can make people feel incredibly bad about themselves and can lead to isolation. Conversely, those whose loved ones pass from something other than COVID might feel their suffering is drowned out by the millions of unfortunate COVID passings or feel they don't have a right to complain because others are suffering too. You can reduce stigma by being careful about the language you use while speaking about the virus to those who may or may not have it.
Quarantine and Isolation
Quarantining and isolating yourself from friends and family helps to slow the spread of the virus. However, it can bring about effects of isolation and feelings of loneliness. It's important to connect with and support others in any way you can responsibly.
Ways to Cope
Name Your Struggles
Try to identify your feelings and why you might be stressed. If this is a challenge for you, watch someone on TV or the internet express themselves and notice which words resonate with you.
Talk to Someone
There is no shame in asking for help. Everyone needs a community and space where they feel they belong. But you must be brave enough to ask.
One Day at a Time
It can be overwhelming to think about tomorrow, next week, or next month. When facing uncertainty, take one step at a time and tackle the smaller problems that are more manageable.
Prioritizing self-care can always be a challenge. We have work, school, children, and dinner to worry about and endless chores; how can we make time for ourselves? It's easy to forget about taking care of ourselves, but you have to know that self-care is not selfish. We can't take care of anyone else unless we take care of ourselves first.
Take Care of Your Body
Exercise and eating nutritiously are beneficial for both physical and mental health. Nourish your body and mind for positive wellbeing and lower stress levels.
The Bottom Line
Things may seem bleak and stressful in the wake of the pandemic. Lean on your family, your support system, and those positive routines that get you through these challenging times. For me, my spirituality (meditation, prayer, worship, and song) and rituals (crystal grids, tarot spreads, drumming, dance, and bathing) have been the best catalyst for healing. Say a prayer to or for your loved ones. Honor them by lighting a candle and share your favorite memories. Lastly, you can ask and affirm for your spirit guides, angels, ancestors, deities, and the Universe to lovingly supporting you.
It's not easy, but with a little help from your spiritual friends, it can be more peaceful and loving. If you need additional support or understanding, our community of compassionate Psychics is always here for you.