“Resilience is accepting your new reality, even if it’s less good than the one you had before. You can fight it, you can do nothing but scream about what you’ve lost, or you can accept that and try to put together something that’s good.”
I can’t imagine anyone saying they haven’t been affected by this current pandemic. Many are sick, out of work, and can’t pay their bills. Add to that the incredible anxiety most of us are experiencing due to drastic changes in our every day lives. Panic is rampant and we all want answers and assurance about our future. It’s frightening when we lose control and easy to fall into a pattern of restlessness and worry about the future.
Here are some tips for taking charge of your current situation:
Assess your finances and make a budget: If you’ve lost your job, check with your company for guidance on financial assistance or filing for unemployment. Call creditors and see if they can offer suggestions until you’re back on your feet. Cut out all unnecessary expenses and stick to your budget. Consider monetizing any hobbies or skills with an online business.
Communicate with your family: Sit down and have a family meeting and discuss your concerns. Have everyone offer suggestions on how to move forward. Ask your children to express their feelings and offer them assurance when needed. Keep the lines of communication open to help empower the whole family and to assist in alleviating anxiety and worry.
Plan a family event each week: Set a day each week for family time. Get your kids involved in picking a special recipe and helping in the kitchen to create a favorite dish. Get creative with mealtime by getting everyone involved with meal preparation, setting the table, and clean up. Pick a movie, game, or work on puzzles together. Think of this as a great time to build memories and grow closer as a family.
Spend time on self-improvement: Your daily choices affect your future and quality of life. Take time to assess your eating patterns and determine your fitness level. Set goals for improving your diet or activity level if needed. You may want to start a journal and log your food intake and workouts for a period of time to help you evaluate your progress.
Reconnect with nature: Get outside for a walk or picnic. Find a beautiful spot to sit and read a book, listen to music, or practice yoga, breathwork, and meditation.
Find what brings you peace: No matter what your beliefs are – this is a great time to do some soul searching and determine what really matters in your life. Do you feel good about your career path and your relationships with loved ones and family? Assess your values and determine if you are on the right path. Evaluate your faith or religious beliefs? Contemplate your purpose in life and set goals for what you want to accomplish in the future.