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How to cope with traumatic events like the COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has come as a huge jolt to many of us. Within the space of a few weeks, we went from a state of relative normality to being in lockdown, with almost every aspect of our everyday lives overturned. It didn’t help that supermarket shelves looked like something from an apocalypse movie, and the news played scenes of tragedy around the clock.

It’s been bad enough, in other words, even if you haven’t been exposed to the virus personally. And for those who have been ill or lost a loved one, the potential for traumatic stress is even greater. The same applies to those working on the frontline of the NHS, those who have lost their livelihoods, or those grappling with any number of other personal hardships.

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