The external threats of this new world are changing us internally, even if we aren’t always aware of those changes or don’t feel as though we’re being impacted. Our work, school, and social lives are at now at home. We’re inundated with news about rising death tolls and unemployment numbers. We’re worried about our friends and family. COVID-19, the “invisible enemy,” is also an uncertain one. A collective uncertainty that’s affected every single person.
Among other things, some of my writing for Portland Monthly has focused on how the coronavirus is shaping our behaviors and our mental health, and in that respect, I’m pulling highlights from past interviews to help explain why recognizing and maintaining our mental health is crucial in this moment not only for ourselves, but for those around us.
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