Cowritten by: Yvonne Rheinschmidt Ph D LPC & Scott Rheinschmidt MA LPC-S
“Everything flows, nothing stays the same.” Heraclitus
We are living in a changed world. Everyday new information is broadcast about the coronavirus and how we must adjust our way of living to prevent the spread. Since Wednesday night we have been ordered by our city leadership to “Stay home, work safe.” This is a very new way of life for us and many of us are struggling to adjust to this new normal. Adjusting to major changes in life can be very stressful and if not managed well can lead to serious health problems.
Many seek counseling for a condition called Adjustment Disorder. “Adjustment disorder is a short-term condition that occurs when a person has great difficulty coping with, or adjusting to, a particular source of stress, such as a major life change, loss, or event.” How does one know if they are adjusting well or not? Some of the symptoms of Adjustment Disorder are feelings of hopelessness, sadness, frequent crying, anxiety, worry, headaches or stomachaches, problems sleeping and more. If you’re experiencing these symptoms seek help sooner than later. The question is, how do we prevent developing an Adjustment Disorder in relationship to the ‘Stay home, work safe’ order?
One way is by not resisting change. When we resist, we get stuck wanting things to be different then what they are and are not open to what life is offering us. In the military there is a common motto, ‘Embrace the Suck’ which is defined as, “Verb, Military Slang: To consciously accept or appreciate something that is extremely unpleasant but unavoidable for forward progress.”
Developing a new normal is difficult but doable and most are embracing the suck. For additional support Proverbs 3:5-6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Peace be with you!