Adversity | 5 Simple Steps When Facing Adversity During Covid-19
5 Simple Steps When Facing Adversity During Covid-19 by Sinead Kane
On the 1st of January 2020 like many people around the world I had my goals and dreams for the year ahead all set out. In fact, my 2020 goals and dreams were going to be a domino effect and lead into my 2021 goals and dreams. Having goals and dreams for 2020 and 2021 set out I was ready to take on the challenge and enjoy the experience of the next two years. However, March 2020 came upon us and then the whole world went into lockdown. The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our world in recent months causing deaths, illnesses, economic despair, social distancing and a new normal. The pandemic has and still is a difficult time for everyone. The sense of adversity, individual pain, anxiety and powerlessness will be present for a long time to come. There is still a long road to travel and we will all need energy for it. There remains much uncertainty, about the future progress of this virus, people’s employment prospects and how society will cope, in the years ahead. There is a danger that we will experience further waves of Covid-19 and these could be mixed in with a flu outbreak during the winter to come, putting huge pressure on the health system around the globe. So, what can we do to build up and strengthen resilience right now during the COVID-19 outbreak? And how can we build resilience to plan ahead for future times of crisis?
5 Steps Of Adversity
To face this adversity and respond I have put together 10 simple steps to help you adapt, lead, and grow.
In order to move forward, I have accepted the losses and changes. In March 2020, all of my speaking work for the year got cancelled except one event which is scheduled for November 2020. I went through a phase of being anxious and being worried. I knew this was not doing me good long term. I realised to go forward that I had to accept the situation and try my best to move on. Since then work has started to come to me virtually which has meant that I have to adapt to how I work and present.
My 2020 goals revolved around my run training to prepare for international competition. I wanted to represent my country and so I knew to do so I would have to work hard. However, all races and events got cancelled. Accepting the disappointment was difficult but I am resilient and my life experience has taught me to bounce back. When things do not work out as planned, you have got to have the flexibility to adapt to new situations. While it can be disappointing, and even devastating, to accept what has happened, by dwelling on it too long can make you feel stuck. By adjusting plans helps to move forward. Lately, I have adapted and have spent more time focusing on my YouTube channel which is now growing.
Focus on what you can control not what you can’t control. Focus on your choices. I couldn’t control being born blind but I can control how I live my life. I can control my attitude to life each day. There is a lot that you cannot control with this virus, and the impact it is having on the world. However, you have the choice to control what is happening inside you and within your reach. This is where you have got to look for new opportunities and ways to create a new reality for yourself.
Structure to your day is essential. Each person’s situation and opportunities are different and so you have to create the structure that best suits you. To do so you have to ask yourself some questions: What three goals do I want to achieve today? What does success look like at the end of today? For some people it might be to get through the virtual conference call without the wifi disconnecting or for some it might be getting through the virtual call and have no kids screaming in the background. What are my strengths, talents and interests? How do I want my future to look? By doing consistency action each day through structure will help your future.
At a time where social distancing is important, it has never been more important to connect with our community; whether family, friends, colleagues or neighbours. Take time to check-in by phone, text or video chat. Advances in technology mean it is now easier than ever to connect. You could try setting aside some time each day to get in touch with someone.
Our world has changed in the most unexpected ways on a social, economic, and political level. The decisions we make as individuals and as a society are critical in going forward. Let us all be a “beacon of light” and focus on the solutions to help lead us through this adversity.
I hope that these tips have inspired you to be resilient and seek personal growth achievement, and endless possibilities. What has helped me in life is knowing: Yes Eye Can. Vision Through Blindness.