𝘏𝘰𝘸 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨?
We are currently living through 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦, 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦 and 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 times. Maybe also 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦-𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘵 and 𝘧𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘢𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 times that are shaping our future. Possibly these will be 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 time…
The thing is with all the changes, challenges and uncertainty, it is not hard to find behind the pleasantry “𝗜’𝗺 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲” to the “how are you?” question, that the reality is far from that reply. Is “𝗜’𝗺 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲” really saying “𝘐’𝘮 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘦” or is it saying something else?
Many people, organisation and nations are now suffering from Pandemic fatigue. And as documented and described previously as the mental health effects of crisis management in major disasters you’ll probably recognise some of the emotional stages that we’ve all been through.
♦ The heroic phase as people chip in and help out. The immediate shows of support of one another.
♦ The honeymoon phase trying to solve the problems that are presented.
♦ And now as many see it, the disillusionment phase. Where some will start to look inwards only and blame is assigned. As delays, issues and other factors take their toll.
Though time will come when we move to the final phase of reconstruction. Pulling together to get things done, not with unbridled optimism and overconfidence, with compassion, temperance and measured optimism. Just like with any transformation seeing small wins, turn into medium-sized wins that turn into big wins over time.
𝘚𝘰 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧?
𝗕𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰 𝗶𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗻’𝘁 𝗱𝗼. Keep a routine and don’t work all the time just because you are working from home. Set goals and review them regularly. Keep rest and recovery periods sacred. Ask for help. After all we are social animals and are not supposed to do everything alone.
𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗲𝘀𝘀! Share your worries, your frustrations, concerns, anger. They say that a problem shared is a problem halved, and in sharing the problem you help to process it at the same time. You never know, you may even come up with an answer, albeit don’t be surprised if there isn’t one to everything. Built-up stress increases the catabolic effects on your body and will cut years off your life. Sometimes there are things you cannot affect right now, right here.
𝗟𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵! Peoples worlds are getting smaller as for many a trip to the local supermarket may be the longest journey they do! It can be too easy to barricade yourself inside binge-watching a box set while eating calorie-dense food, coffee and other substances. Remember that movement is medicine for your mind, body and soul. Get up often and walk around. Go outside and stretch your horizon. Bring fresh air into your home. Exercise and eat well.
𝗘𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗻 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗼𝗳 by making time for yourself. Create spaces in your life for the different things you do each day and change between them. Enjoy the reading, dog walking, playing music, chatting on the phone with friends or just sitting crossed legged listening to the cosmos, just do this for you!
𝗣𝗹𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗯𝗲 𝗳𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗶𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗻𝘁! This may sound weird when all plans are changes and confusion reigns over the change of a tier. Yet there is hope in planning. Whether that is just the top 3 things to achieve today for work, home and health. Or thinking about what you could do in the days and weeks ahead. Or perhaps what you want to achieve in the months and years to come.You may not be able to control every situation and its outcome, but you can control your attitude and how you deal with it.