The world changed in February 2020, when coronavirus spread across the planet.
We watched the devastation in China and then Italy in the weeks leading up to the virus’ grip on the United States, where the economy ground to a halt, state by state businesses closed, and a new world is colored by social distance, seclusion, and sanitizer.
Life during a pandemic is proving difficult for many not only do we designed to be in a community, but the human brain is also wired to thrive on routines and predictability.
Here are a few COVID Survival Tips.
INVESTIGATE YOUR FEELINGS.
The uncertainty of it all can become overwhelming. You may be experiencing many different feelings from loneliness, anxiety, fear, lack of motivation, depression, sadness, frustration, or even anger.
Get present to how you're feeling this will teach you to be in observation, it will also help you see the past surface. While we don't want our feelings to run our life we still need to acknowledge and own up to our feelings about situations, people, and events. This allows us to take ownership of our own feelings.
Once you acknowledge your own feelings then take action
-Find at least 3 things to be grateful for
-Reach out to a friend
-Listen to an uplifting podcast or sermon
-Listen to an uplifting song
-Give to others
WHAT YOU RESIST PERSIST.
I love getting massages. I remember my massage therapist saying “Diane, relax so I can get into that muscle” I started thinking about the perils of resistance. The harder he worked the more I had to let go, which isn't always easy when there's discomfort. Resistance is our tendency. Especially when we feel uncomfortable. In some ways, it feels right to resist what hurts, what scares us, what we don't want, or when we feel we don't have control.
The problem is resistance keeps us locked in a struggle.
Stop resisting what is, start accepting.
-Ask yourself How can I see this differently?
-What do I need to let go of?
-How can I reframe this situation?
-What could I do now that would support me later?
The most important thing is not to get stuck in the struggle of resistance.
Keep moving forward.
REST AND RECHARGE.
How can you nurture yourself?
-Daily reading of scripture
-Get 7-9 hours of sleep a night
-Keep a routine
-Eat a healthy diet
-Ask for help
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR STORY TO BE?
Research on Survivors found that we are either broken by suffering, survive it, and get through it or it becomes a defining moment for us to rise and grow through it! People who have lived through drastic circumstances, like World War II, have stories, and they are not all tragic. There were blessings in those stories, and it made a better world, and it made people better.
Choose to rise and grow through this! This could be a defining moment that is full of blessings and stories that you will be sharing with others one day!