Coping With The Stress of The COVID-19 Virus

Contributed by Associates in Professional Counseling

Life has changed as we have known it – and fast. The COVID 19 virus has impacted just about everything in our lives. It has made some people very sick. It has taken the lives of others. It has increased the anxiety level in most while causing panic in others. It has caused numerous people to become unemployed. It has caused workplaces to close. It has enhanced division. It has created fear and uncertainty. I could go on, but it suffices to say that we have been hit hard by COVID 19. What complicates this so much is that there is so much that we do not know. There is so much that is uncertain.

However, there is one thing that I do know for certain – People are amazingly resilient.

Resiliency is defined as: the ability to bounce back or spring back into shape, position, etc. following extreme pressure or stress. When we talk about human resilience following a crisis or extreme stress, it is more like pressing your hand into a foam mattress than squeezing a rubber ball. It does come back into shape, but it takes time. Time to be human and feel and think things that are painful and scary. It can include tremendous grief which requires time to heal. It does not mean that all things come back to “normal”. Often it includes adjusting to a new normal, finding a new path forward. But it does spring back.

As you deal with your own personal reaction to the unfolding events created by COVID 19, I recommend you look at the following document from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. This article includes helpful advice on how to best cope with the stress created by COVID 19. I have placed the link below.
I also encourage you to remember the following:

  • Be kind to yourself. 
  • Allow yourself to feel. 
  • Follow the recommended guidelines from the CDC. 
  • Be patient with others. 
  • Be kind to others. 
  • Be thoughtful of the needs of others. 
  • Practice healthy ways to relieve the buildup of stress. 
  • Set limits on the amount of news that you read or watch on the television or your devices.
  • Connect with those you love and care for. 


Feel free to reach out to us at Associates in Professional Counseling if you or a loved one could use further assistance. They encourage you to call them about electronic telehealth sessions during these challenging times. 1-888-545-5707

Sterk Family Law Group is here to assist you

We are aware that everyone has been affected by the recent response to COVID-19 but we hope that you find some comfort in knowing that we are still operational and here to assist you.

Whether you are a current client or if you are looking for family law or estate planning assistance, our team is here for you and will continue to be available to address your concerns.

To the extent possible, we will offer remote consultations and provide services from a distance.

You may message us here, email our office at, or call 815-600-8950 and one of our team members will be able to assist you.

This is a legal advertisement from Sterk Family Law Group. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be construed as such. This article is for informational and educational purposes only.


This is a legal advertisement from Sterk Family Law Group. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be construed as such. This article is for informational and educational purposes only.

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