As one of the hardest moments in our lives, COVID is not only seen in the disease itself but it’s causing an overwhelming sense of anxiety, stress, uncertainty, financial hardships, and trauma to so many.
- Learn from post-traumatic growth:
We all go through difficulties in our lives. These situations mold us into the human beings we are supposed to become. It’s called post-traumatic growth. Now (with COVID), everyone is living out of their comfort zones, experiencing pain, suffering, and anxiety. But, through this, we can shift, grow, and do amazing things.
- We are in our growth zones.
Stress helps us to rise to the occasion. It takes courage to show up in work and in life – but courageous actions look completely different for everyone. Start by making personal goals for yourself, which can help to redefine careers and future goals. It’s something called post-traumatic growth and this pain can push us out of our comfort zones and into our growth zones.
- Be present:
No matter what situation you’re in, it’s important to be present. Life is happening at the moment. Being present and learning to self-regulate helps us acknowledge what’s happening right now.
- Practice gratitude:
Practicing gratitude helps us to shift our thoughts and focus on what we have. Create a gratitude list and write down three things you are grateful for. It actually changes the wiring of our brain to be more optimistic and more hopeful.
- Practice forgiveness:
Adults struggle (with forgiveness) because they don’t understand it but forgiveness is simply letting go. Forgiveness is like cutting that cord attached to pain and letting that go. Forgiveness is taking your personal power back.
- Work at compassion in action:
And while all of these facets are important, it is crucial to practice compassion-in-action. This encompasses courage, gratitude, and forgiveness, meaning you are actively making gratitude lists, practicing daily affirmations, and making courageous goals.