(CNN)Whether you're working from home or on the front lines, the pandemic has drastically affected almost everyone. And with sudden change can come a flood of emotions, some of which may have been buried until the shutdown brought them forth. Others may be entirely new ones.
You're feeling all the feelings. Here is how to feel them
Feeling out of control and a sense of loss have become universal themes, whether it's due to losing loved ones, getting sick, work and school going online or having weddings postponed or changed to a virtual setting.
Understanding these feelings, let alone processing them, can be daunting. But pushing them aside can lead to more trouble down the line.
There's no need to process those emotions alone, says clinical psychologist Ronald Breazeale, a Portland, Maine-based member of the American Psychological Association's Council of the Representatives.
With over 40 years' experience helping patients get through difficult life situations like the death of a loved one, Breazeale shared advice on how to effectively process your feelings.
This conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.
CNN: What is the first step to understanding your emotions?
Ronald Breazeale: Most people like to deny that they're having any feelings: "Oh no, it's not bothering me that much." Acceptance is the first step toward doing anything about anything, emotionally or otherwise. You've got to recognize that you've got to accept it, rather than deny it.