2020 is off to a confusing start. We are more than halfway in, but it seems like the surprises (or suspenses) brought by the beginning of this new decade are far from over. The world has been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and unfortunately, many people, if not all, have been adversely affected.
As we begin to gradually prepare for the new normal, we cannot deny that many people still live in fear and anxiety, while others are nursing their grief and loss. However, the world does not stop revolving and we cannot forever stay frozen in fear. While most businesses closed and the once usual day-to-day activities have stopped, time does not pause, and so our life should not.
Perhaps the dust has not been totally settled yet — but it’s time to start picking up the pieces. To start over. To not just aim to stay alive, but to actually live your life. To not just aim to survive, but to thrive.
Many people have lost their spark because of the uncertainties brought by this crisis. After all, different individuals have different ways of coping. Some may need more time to cope than others, and that’s okay.
If the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have somehow dull your sparkle, remember that you are not alone. There are many others who have experienced the same adverse effects and who are still having a hard time to cope. Do not be hard on yourself and give yourself more time as necessary.
If you’ve been impacted by the coronavirus physically, financially, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and otherwise, do not suffer in silence. Seek professional help as needed and use the resources available to you to help you recover.
Many people are experiencing anxiety due to the uncertainties brought by this pandemic. The practice of meditation can help calm the mind and alleviate any symptoms of anxiety. It is also a good practice to help control your thoughts — to choose prudently what to feed your mind. After all, knowing what’s good for your mind and what is not is the first step to stay away from negative thoughts that will only increase your worries and anxiety.
To meditate is to learn how to let go. When you meditate, you reconnect with your breath. You learn to let go of any attachment. You learn to focus on the internal because you know that’s what you can control. You let go of the external because it is beyond your control. Incorporating the practice of meditation to this “new normal” is a great way to stay intact internally, despite the chaos and uncertainties our world is currently facing.
Gradually return to old hobbies
It’s easy to lose track of what we do especially when we are distracted. This COVID-19 crisis brought a lot of confusion and distractions that caused many people to lose interest in their talent and passions. While it’s alright to feel lost and confused, it should not forever stay that way. Now is the time to gradually return to old hobbies and pick up where you have left off.
Many people have lost their glimmer because of the anxiety brought by this crisis. Others used to do certain things passionately before the pandemic occurred but stopped when the world was hit by this crisis. If you are one of them, it’s about time to ignite the old fire within you and know that it’s not too late to start over again.
Create new routines
Most of us have been greatly affected by this pandemic and it’s true that there is no returning back to the way things used to be. We will gradually open to the new normal, and get ourselves used to it, whether we like it or not. The new normal will include basic safety measures such as wearing of masks, constant sanitation, and physical distancing. It will also include new routines for most individuals.
To better cope with the new normal, it’s best to create new routines for yourself and take into consideration your overall well-being. For instance, if you are used to working out at the gym daily, you can still continue working out at home instead. Instead of spending money to pay for gym memberships, you can spend that money to invest in basic workout equipment. If you and your partner used to have once-a-week date nights, you can still do that at home and make something special. It won’t totally be the same, but it doesn’t mean it cannot be better.
Those who know how to embrace change and have the flexibility to adapt to the new normal will survive and continue to grow. We cannot stop the changes that are going to happen to our lives, especially during and even after these trying times. Let’s learn to innovate so we can adapt better with this constant change. After all, adaptability is about the powerful difference between adapting to cope and adapting to win.
What will change? Your daily routines, of course. Your work. Most will work from home, while others who go to work will have to maintain physical distancing and less mingling. School. Many schools have started shifting to alternative learning methods. There are many students and parents who are not happy with this. However, only those who are willing to make this work can make this work. Those who do not want to innovate will, unfortunately, often be left behind.
Find agility in these trying times
We are still facing uncertain times ahead. But it doesn’t mean we have to stop living our lives. It’s about time to dust ourselves off, pick up the pieces, start over again, and stop living in anxiety and fear. After all, the worst virus our world is currently facing is fear. We may not live our lives the way we planned it, but is there only one way?
The possibilities are endless.