By Nina Bahadur, Self, May 28, 2020
We’re all going through some intense stress and anxiety right now, courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic affecting how we live, work, socialize, and move through the world. And experts say that, unsurprisingly, the pandemic could have a major effect on mental health long after it’s over, leading many of us to wonder how we can try to protect ourselves from the potential mental health fallout of living through this global health crisis.
“There’s a lot of grief because people are dying, and you can also have grief over identity lost,” George Bonanno, Ph.D., a professor of clinical psychology at Columbia University Teachers College and director of the Loss, Trauma, and Emotion Lab, tells SELF. “It’s a very stressful, anxiety-filled time.”