I am going to be honest with you all…
Even being a trained and licensed mental health counselor, I am not immune to the stress we have all found ourselves under amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. I think it is safe to say we are all feeling the impact of these worldly changes to some degree and these changes have thrown us off balance in many ways.
It is far too easy to get caught up in the daily ‘breaking news’ headlines which feed into what seems like a failing sense of security. I know I have fallen into this trap as of late, and am doing what I can to dig myself out of it.
A colleague recently told me their mantra for how they are staying sane during these trying times: Focus on what is true today.
Do you have enough food?
Do you have a roof over your head?
Do you have running water?
Are you able to connect with loved ones, even from afar?
This mantra can be seen as a gratitude practice as well. When we are placed in times of uncertainty, we must remember what is true, what we can control and the silver linings within the chaos. For additional reading on this topic, check out this great article by the Harvard Business Review. The author puts a name to our current collective experience and provides easy to follow guidelines for how to cope.
Be well and stay safe,