For some young adults and students, the growing effects of recent events are just overwhelming. Fear, grief, and anger around the death of George Floyd event and its aftermath have combined with uncertainty around the pandemic to create real difficulties for many of us. The effect is often most pronounced in young adults.
Checklist: are you grieving in ways that are dangerous to your emotional wellbeing?
Recent events surrounding George Floyd have triggered an explosion of grief across the country. Many have taken to the streets in protest, expressing their communal pain and anger. Even those who did not know him are touched by the tragedy and are mourning his death.
Are you grieving for George Floyd? Are you grieving in a manner that is affecting your psychological and physical health?
Here are some common symptoms that you should be alert to, especially if they persist:
- Low mood
When these signs and symptoms interfere won’t the ability to function, it may be time to seek help and speak to a professional who is expert in grief and anxiety counseling.
Students and other young adults (and all of us!) may need help processing grief
Grief is a powerful emotion that we need after experiencing a loss. When grief is processed effectively, productivity and creativity often follow. However, grief can also become destructive. When we are unable to express and make meaningful sense of our loss, grief can result in a build-up of pressure. Some stress is good. Stress that finds no release and that keeps on getting worse will be disastrous to mental health.
The pandemic is, unfortunately, a perfect storm of factors that make it more difficult to process grief. Concern over family members falling ill strikes to the core of what should be our safe harbor. Separation from friends and family, and the loss of many of our usual coping mechanisms, means that we are at a disadvantage when we need to find a way to release and channel our grief.
How therapy can help you process grief
In therapy, you can build a secure connection that can help you process and give meaning to your feelings. You an learn tools to help yourself through the grief process. These tools can be be valuable throughout your life.