In the current situation, when the whole world is living with the coronavirus pandemic, the emotional state of people who have recovered from this disease or not yet is of great importance. People who have not been ill are worried about the fear of getting sick or being vaccinated with a vaccine that has not passed the entire period of clinical trials. Some people are stopped from getting vaccinated when the media and government agencies are aggressively pushing for vaccinations, which is also stressful.
Many scientists have investigated emotional and physiological experiences in stressful situations. So the Soviet scientist L.A. Kitaev-Smyk investigated gravitational (loss of support under weightlessness) and acoustic (shock type – sudden, sharp, and strong sound effects) stress situations.
And as I understood from his works, these are the strongest stressful effects on a person. And if we consider the loss of psychological support from the point of view of gravitational stress (loss of physical support), then many people find themselves in a strong stressful, “suspended” situation in which there is little emotional and rational support for themselves and external objects. It is difficult to rely on ourselves because we can all get sick with covid or be in contact with a sick person, and it is just as difficult to rely on external objects: the media and social media. networks post conflicting information. And therefore, you have to independently look for sources of support in yourself and outside, choosing the information that is most suitable for each person.
In such a situation, the stress of losing psychological support can manifest itself: what to do so as not to get sick, vaccinated or not, and what to do when you get sick. When solving these issues, each person needs to rely on something.
I agree with the opinion that it is impossible to acquire support once and for all, this must be done every time you get into a situation of novelty. Situations of novelty can be both fleeting and long-term, emotionally difficult and easy.
Some minor changes in the environment can be attributed to fleeting and easy situations: unexpected rain, a button that suddenly came off, etc.
Long-term and emotionally difficult situations include losses and serious illnesses.
If you can easily adapt to the first situation, it is difficult to do it yourself to the second situation. During the adaptation process, it is important to address several issues:
– allow yourself to show different emotions associated with this situation,
– how and what to rely on in a new situation,
– to define “Who I am in this situation” (with whom I identify myself),
– formulate a new life plan, taking into account the changed circumstances.
In my opinion, many of the above issues are resolved after determining the psychological support, on which one can rely on oneself under the new conditions. For this, it is important to gain support in three areas: 1) emotional, 2) bodily, and 3) intellectual.
Express emotions associated with a given situation
– in a conversation with a loved one,
– in a conversation with a specialist,
– write down the manifested experiences in the diary of emotions,
– draw emotional states here and now,
– dance, in a safe environment, these states.
- Pay attention to what you are leaning on at a given time: legs if sitting or standing, back and other parts of the body if lying down.
- Explore various information and not only official information to form your personal opinion about the disease and methods of treatment and life in new conditions. current changes are for a long time
I agree with G. Selye that by consciously regulating the experience of stressful situations, you can bring a lot of interesting and memorable things into your life.
If you cannot independently find support and adapt to new living conditions, it is better to turn to specialists who will help you gain support and adapt to changing life situations.