As discussed in a previous blog post, “Empathy in Action,” a single story can impact how empathy plays a role in identity. Empathy is important because it plays the role of a person’s identity and allows others to put themselves in another person’s shoes. Especially in times of COVID-19, many people, teens in particular, deal with situations that can place a significant impact on their mental health.
The council recovery website states that, “One study found that 80% of adolescent girls feel “more lonely and isolated than before” (TCOR Marketing). Due to an increase in mental health issues, the process of using empathy must also be increased. Practicing empathy during the pandemic is a practice that everyone must learn to use.
Not only does using empathy toward others help benefit them, but it also may benefit the person using it. In an article by VeryWellMind, it discusses the key takeaway that, “There are many benefits to practicing empathy—especially during a global pandemic. In addition to helping you connect with others, being empathetic also helps you regulate your emotions in times of stress” (Cherry).
Being aware and empathetic with other people’s needs and emotions can help you understand why an individual might be acting a certain way. NoahHelps website discusses the importance of empathy during times like these and says, “Empathy and the willingness to understand are a critical part of compassion which leads to action. Think of others and look for ways you can help in your community” (Jewell).
Other ways individuals can help their community are listening to others, engaging in acts of service, and putting yourself in another person’s shoes. Although staying at home and empathizing with others seems small, this can impacts a wide variety of people.
Cherry, Kendra. “How to Practice Empathy During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Verywell Mind, 30 Mar. 2020, www.verywellmind.com/how-to-practice-empathy-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-4800924.
Jewell, Tiffany. “5 Tips for Practicing Empathy During the COVID-19 Pandemic – NOAH: Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health.” NOAH, Tiffany Jewell https://noahhelps.org/5-tips-for-practicing-empathy-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/
TCOR_Marketing, Author: and Category: “How COVID-19 Is Affecting Teens’ Mental Health.” Council on Recovery, 5 Oct. 2020, www.councilonrecovery.org/how-covid-19-is-affecting-teens-mental-health/.