In the past almost two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has subjected most of the world’s population to unprecedented situations at big scales. Most people’s freedom of movement was severely restricted for a long time, some people were socially isolated and many more than usual lived in fear for their health or for the lives of their loved ones, or in fear of the economic impact of the pandemic. All this has affected the mental health of the general population. Since the limitations, suffering and fears were and are due to the pandemic, and they cannot be avoided, it is essential that people can cope with them. We all have to deal with our own threats, our perception of them and the negative emotions associated with them. It is important to integrate these emotions into our life adaptively. Compulsively trying to avoid negative emotions would not be a helpful strategy.