Unpacking the Emotions of COVID-19

By Violetta Reum

A few weeks ago, I remember seeing something on the news about the coronavirus that was spreading in China.

A week later, I heard a podcast that mentioned that this is going to spread quickly and people are going to have to think about their jobs and possibly work from home.

A few days after, the borders were closing and toilet paper was selling out. 

A couple days after that, Governor Newsom ordered us to stay in our homes and infant pain relievers were hard to find.

A week later, we are still home, and the spread only seems to get worse as the number of people dying is increasing everyday.

This is seriously how quickly the progression of COVID-19 has felt to me. And I know I am not the only one who has been overwhelmed and thrown off by these events.

As we experience information overload, we are also experiencing emotional overload.

Many emotions are felt in this time; from frustration and anger, to disappointment and grief.

Traumas are being triggered by these events as people are feeling powerless to their situations, betrayed by the misinformation that is out there, grieving opportunities or jobs that are now lost, and anxious about what the future will hold.

Though completely unraveling emotionally right now seems appropriate as the world seems to be ending, this is not actually the full truth.

Many of us cannot afford to unravel right now.

We have friends, families, children, and communities that are looking to us for help and hope. So what do we do?

We have to begin working through these emotions, by naming them, understanding them and surrendering them to the Only One who can truly carry and heal them.

In the coming weeks, Morgan and I will be discussing some of these emotions; sharing about our own experiences, how we have been triggered and how we are dealing with it. 

I hope you join us on this journey as we unpack the unprecedented and unforeseen repercussions of COVID-19.

Author: Violetta Reum

Violetta has always had a passion and calling to see people pursue God with their entire lives, find their calling and identity in Jesus, and seek deep healing from past trauma and abuse.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and son and discovering all of the coffee shops and hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

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