Healthy Living: Tragic Optimism: Surviving Tragedy
A national poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly half of all Americans feel that the coronavirus has negatively impacted their mental health. Some have been putting on their biggest smiles and brushing off this ongoing tragedy, thinking this is the best coping mechanism.
Failing to acknowledge hardships can have a detrimental effect on our mental health.
One of the best ways to cope with stress: tragic optimism. Experts say this kind of philosophy may be the best way to get through.
Also, grow from your stress. Some people who experience a traumatic event have difficulty coping and may develop PTSD. Instead, accept and analyze feelings of distress, and use them for self-improvement.
Remember, grief is normal, it’s what happens after the loss of someone or something important to you.
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