Question:How to deal with all the unknowns of the pandemic?
Answer: As simple as it may seem, the best way to deal with the unknown is to accept it. You’ve got to tell yourself that everything is happening for a reason (to keep us all safe) and that you're not alone. Of course, accepting that things are not ideal won’t magically make it all disappear, but there are other things you can do to improve the situation. For starters, you can try and focus on correcting old habits and making better new ones. Say, if you’ve been promising yourself that you’ll start exercising regularly again, there's no better time than now! During this time it would also be super helpful to focus on activities or pastimes that you enjoy and that calm you.
Another unknown that you all could be facing would be how to make friends. Making friends may sound impossible right now but there are ways to do so. First, I would suggest that you try reconnecting with old friends! Sometimes friends just fall out of touch because of their busy schedules, but know that everyone has more time, it's the perfect opportunity to reconnect. The other easy way to make friends would be to become friends with people that you see regularly. This would be reaching out to neighbors, co-workers, or just acquaintances.
Overall, take it easy, you’re not alone :D
Question: I think my friend is going through something difficult; I want to help, but what do I do? - Anonymous
Answer: Hi Anonymous, If you have noticed that your friend is not acting the same way and you feel that they are going through something, you should try and talk to them. It's not guaranteed that they will spill exactly what they are feeling, but if they do, you need to listen.
If you listen to them, you’ll find that you will be able to help them solve the problem, or at least they won’t feel so alone. In the case that they do not want to tell you, you should not press matters any further; all you need to tell them is that you are there for them, no matter what. But if their problem could bring serious harm to themself or to others you need to tell a parent or a trusted adult.
Overall, to put it simply: you should always be there for your friends when they need you, even if they don’t say it straight out. You may never know what someone is really going through.