Covid 19 is a devastating disease, impacting on so many aspects of our lives, including loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, loss of incomes, loss of social connections to name just a few.  Then there are the less obvious impacts, where shocking, traumatic events in the present can unconsciously remind us of situations in our past.  For example if we felt lonely or isolated in the past or in our childhoods, these emotions can start to resurface in the present.  We may feel confused as to why we are experiencing difficulties emotionally, not realising how this pandemic could be triggering old memories in our unconscious.  We may feel nothing, which for some could also be a response learnt in the past to needing to shut off thoughts, feelings or emotions which were overwhelming.

Many of us will have felt shock at some time in our lives; we may all have our own uniqe way of managing this.  Yet the shock of not being able to sit with our loved ones when they may be so ill, or being unable to follow the time-honoued way of perhaps mourning their loss; can all bring to the fore times when something was left incomplete.  The shock of losing a job, or career opportunity, can feel devastating.  Our emotional responses can be complex and at these times hard to understand.  Therapy can help; enabling us to allow our sadness, yet also finding ways of managing anxiety.

For young adults just starting out in their careers, or making new relationships or friendships; all of this has become far more complicated.  Possibly impacting on self essteem and perceptions of what may happen to future life chances.  Acknowledging the gravity of how this could be impacting is important for how the young adult sees themself and future prospects in a constantly changing and complex world.

If you are struggling with the impact of Covid 19 and would like to talk to someone, please contact  Julia Young Counselling Service, in Worthing, West sussex for an appointment. She will hear your experiences, and by using her counselling training, support you in finding understanding for how this pandemic may be impacting on your life or those you love.  Highlighting ways you may engage with anxiety or depression caused by such a challenging time, and move on with your life.