Division News Article

COVID-19: One year later

March 5th, 2021

Almost a year has passed since our schools — and our everyday lives — were impacted by COVID-19. As that anniversary approaches, we want to share some important information from the North American Center for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response (NACTATR). In their article titled Anniversary Reaction to COVID-19 they point out that our bodies will automatically respond to the trauma we experienced at this time last year.

“For some it was March 15th, for others the 16th or the 17th but for all it was mid-March when it was clear we were all doing something we had never done before: really go our separate ways.” 

“…trauma is stored in the body and the body remembers anniversaries even if the conscious mind does not. As a result, there is a natural building of anxiety up to that time that, if understood, does not need to overwhelm us.”

To assist with the weight of the pandemic and the approaching anniversary, they also offer brain-based strategies for supporting mental health.

  • Physical Activity
  • Creativity
  • Curate and /or Limit Content
  • Humor
  • Conversation & Dialogue

We invite you to watch this short 3 minute video and read the full article on their website: https://nactatr.com/news/COVID-anniversary.html

COVID Anniversary from NACTATR on Vimeo.