Meghan Markle & Prince Harry Talk About Adjusting To A “New Normal” Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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As the coronavirus spreads across the globe, it has forced millions of people to hole up in their respective homes to minimize the rate of infection. It’s been a tough adjustment for all of us — I’ve been inside for almost 10 days straight, and I’m up the walls — but we’re doing what we can to “flatten the curve” of COVID-19. Taking note of the current state of the world, royal couple Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have some much needed self-care advice to get you through this rough patch.
In the days since completing their last official duty as senior members of the Royal Family, Harry and Meghan have been getting used to their new private citizen lifestyle. Unfortunately, that bliss was likely interrupted by the public panic surrounding the coronavirus, which has now infected over 200,000 people around the world. Hours ago, the royal couple shared a lengthy post on Instagram aimed at promoting emotional stability in a time of stress and anxiety.
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"Our emotional well-being is challenged everyday whether we realise it or not, but our lives are usually filled with distractions," Harry and Meghan captioned a simple image. "Now with constantly changing COVID coverage, we are all adjusting to this new normal and the feelings that come with it."
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With everything going on, it’s a lot to take in. Many of us may feel confused. Or alone, or anxious or scared...and in isolation, some of us may just feel bored, or that you don’t know what to do with yourself without your normal routine. It’s perfectly normal to be feeling any of these things. Our emotional well-being is challenged everyday whether we realise it or not, but our lives are usually filled with distractions. Now with constantly changing COVID coverage, we are all adjusting to this new normal and the feelings that come with it. But here’s the good thing (because right now we need to hear good things, right?): Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness. There are resources that can help us all through this process, and ways that YOU can become one of those resources. @crisistextline @giveusashoutinsta @kidshelpphone and CTL Ireland are organisations that need new volunteers now more than ever and have an open door for you to get the support you need. • - If you’re home and feeling bored, you can digitally train to be a counselor and HELP someone who really needs your support! What an amazing way to use this time • - If you feel alone, overwhelmed, depressed, or anxious, you can text one of these lines and talk it through. • - If you are in an abusive relationship and now find yourself in isolation with your abuser, these counselors are there for you. You do not need to suffer in silence. And for those of you who don’t feel comfortable texting with a stranger, reach out to your friends, family and colleagues. Phone calls and video conferencing are such a great way to feel more connected - ask if they’re okay, tell them how you’re (actually) feeling, and use this time to really listen for the answer. If there is someone you know and are worried about, your text may be the thing that saves their life.

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"But here’s the good thing (because right now we need to hear good things, right?): Yes, there is isolation and physical distancing, but there doesn’t have to be loneliness."
The couple shared links to a number of organizations designed to connect people to help with the feelings of loneliness that any of their 11 million followers may be feeling due to the government-mandated social distancing. Physical distance is a key part of limiting the spread of the pandemic, but thankfully, we live in a time where technology can help us stay connected. You don't have to be lonely just because you're alone.
"If there is someone you know and are worried about, your text may be the thing that saves their life," Harry and Meghan concluded.
COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic. Go to the Public Health Agency of Canada website for the latest information on symptoms, prevention, and other resources.

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