Managing Fear and Anxiety during COVID-19

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Managing Fear and Anxiety during COVID-19

Coping with COVID-19 for Orthodox Christians 

Family/Adult – 

What Are You Afraid Of?
(An article on fear based on the fictional book, Sasha and the Dragon)

“…The dragons that are threatening us today include not just pestilence, but also economic fears, political fears, fears of the unknown and uncontrollable, and fears about how the world around us is changing. It would be easy to behave like unbelievers and let the dragons wreak havoc on our hearts.

But that would be to forget that what Satan intends for us as evil, God wills for us as good….God already knows the way. After all, He is the Way.

When we refuse to let fear be in control, when we humbly set aside our own desires for the world and the future, we can acknowledge the reality that was true all along: God is in control, and always has been…”

5 Ways to Help Children with Coronavirus Anxiety

“We are living in a time of high uncertainty, and with adults becoming increasingly anxious about coronavirus, including the impact on the economy, work, school, and family life, it’s inevitable that the children in our lives are noticing that tension…. While we can’t eliminate the transmission of our own anxiety to the children in our lives, we can mitigate the impact in some significant ways….”



A Comic Exploring the Coronavirus

Under the Grapevine reading of Sasha and the Dragon


Resources for discussion are available HERE.


Middle School

Be Anxious For Nothing: I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me – Phillippians 44:13 – “…It is difficult to find joy in difficult times, yet this is a mindset we are supposed to have. Why? Because we are God’s people, God’s children, and any setback is temporary, in the space of eternity….”


High School –

Fear: How to Deal With It – some spiritual instruction from saints and elders of the Church.
Try reading today’s entry, and then keeping up with it every day! “…What you do every day trains you to be who you are….” Fr. Andrew Damick

A Message from Maria Spanos

I am passionate about our Orthodox Christian faith and seek to help others learn as much as they can about it. My purpose here is to share online resources that help strengthen our relationship with Christ and bind us closer to His Church. I believe they are invaluable in learning about our precious Orthodox Tradition, and are a great aid for teaching family members, friends and others about Orthodoxy. ~Maria

Two of my favorite quotes:

“A true Christian behaves in this life so that it may be a preparation for the future one and not only a life here below. In his actions, he does not think what will be said of him here but of what will be said there in heaven; he represents to himself that he is always in the presence of God, of the angels and all the saints, and remembers that someday they will bear witness of his thoughts, words, and deeds.”  — Saint John of Kronstadt


Of all the holy works, the education of children is the most holy.”
— St. Theophan the Recluse