How to build resiliency in the time of COVID-19 by: Evonne Woloshyn-Submitted by Kathy O’Neill RN, Parish Nurse

Posted on April 17, 2020 by Published by

It appears that life will be different for a long time due to COVID-19.  All of us will be challenged, both in our work and personal worlds. Worries over your health, family and finances can be incredibly distracting. So how do we deal with it all? Experts say building resiliency will help.  That’s the ability to adjust in crisis to ensure we can sustain over the long run.

Here are some tips that can help.

  1. Accent the negative emotions you’re feeling. They are natural and distracting
  2. Routinely clear your mind. Look out a window and reflect
  3. Pay attention to your health. Take time to make it a priority
  4. Define a new routine. Families need structure and stability, even if it is different
  5. Connect with loved ones. Relationships build resilience

“So many things are out of our control right now,” says Reverend Kevin Massey, Advocate Aurora Health’s vice president of mission and spiritual Care, Advocate Aurora Health. “To build resilience, there are things you can control. If you pay attention to these tips to take good care of yourself, it can help you move more easily through the days ahead.”

Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity

 For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Grant comfort. Grant healing.
Be with us, Lord. Amen.

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