On Resilience (April 24th) by Mylene
The coronavirus is affecting many people’s mental health globally and perhaps for some, it may be the first encounter with their mental health, a conscious exploration of one’s own emotional responses to the COVID19 crisis. Some people may find it difficult to cope with uncertainty, the dislocation from everyday routines, the sense of social isolation, the feelings of disorientation and perhaps rising anxiety. For other people, this has been a lived reality over many years. But this crisis also brings a renewed understanding and confidence of my own strength and resilience and being able to cope with whatever life throws at me. Perhaps, after all, these experiences equipped me with more ways of coping in uncertain and stressful environments, in perhaps conscious or sometimes unconscious, functional or sometimes dysfunctional ways than I had imagined. Perhaps it’s the sense that this, too, shall pass.