Covid-19 Pandemic and Resilience.
In recent months, many people have felt frustrated by being cooped up at home. People have worried about losing their job. Others have worried about retaining their job and how to work remotely from home. Parents have struggled to have virtual work meetings while the kids are screaming in another room. People are tired of wondering whether they should or shouldn’t be wearing a mask and gloves to the shops. People are confused because they know they need to maintain socially distancing but they see others around them doing the opposite and so complacency sets in. Getting through the COVID-19 pandemic makes demands on all of us. Being able to adapt and be Resilience helps when our lives are threatened by adversity.
Here are 10 simple tips to be Resilience during the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Accept change - Find ways to become more comfortable with change. Change is constant and inevitable, and you can only be successful if you accept it rather than resist it.
- Self-improvement - Learn new skills. Don’t hold onto old behaviors and skills when they no longer work. In trying to improve your skills ask yourself the following questions. What do I have available? What can I create? What can I change? What are the needs of others around me? How can I help others? How can I make a difference to my family, society, and the world? What do I need to effect the changes I want to make?
- Control – Focus on what you can control. There will be things you can and can’t control. Focus on the ones that you can.
- Find meaning and have a purpose – Resilience tends to increase when people have a sense of purpose. It’s always important to know your WHY that gives your work meaning. A clear sense of purpose helps you to assess setbacks from a broader perspective.
- Connection - Develop and nurture a broad network of personal and professional relationships. Having a connection with others and learning from them is a critical element in achieving goals, dealing with hardships, and developing perspective. Remember that relationships are important. It helps us realize that we are not alone and that we are in this together.
- Learn from the experience. The only way to test our own resilience is to go through the adversity A crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic is the ultimate test of society’s vulnerability. Observe and acknowledge your experience. You might say something like, “This is a moment of suffering” or “I am having a hard time.” Being able to observe your experience offers you the ability to step back slightly from it, even just momentarily and not be caught up in it.
- Get Outside. Getting out into the fresh air for a walk will always help to lift your mood. Sometimes the hardest part can just be getting the energy to get up and get moving.
- In a world where everything is so serious, it’s important to balance the scales and bring fun and laughter into your day if possible. Spend 10 minutes each day for 7 days on the following exercise: Write down three of the funniest things you have experienced, seen, or heard that day. Provide detail and note how they made you feel. If you can’t think of anything, do an online search for funny stories or anecdotes. Social media can be a good source of funny material.
- Practice mental toughness exercises. Breathing exercises and visualization exercises can be helpful. Visualize your personal highlight reel for 60 seconds—thinking of three things you’ve done well in the past day. Mentally rehearse three important things you need to do today. Repeat your identity statement for five seconds – your why mantra. Practice breathing exercises such as breathing in for 2 seconds and out for 7 seconds. Or another breathing exercise, breathing in for six seconds, holding for two, and then exhaling for seven.
- Be grateful. It is important to practice gratitude each day and to be grateful for the things that you have in your life.
Human beings have a lot of capacity for resilience, but it's not unlimited. It's important that we look out for each other and help together. We have the capability of generating a lot of capacity to overcome adversity when we collaborate on different levels, not just as individuals but also as families, communities, and governments.