It’s a new day. Our ‘new normal’ demands adjustments by all like learning new practices and concepts used to report the outbreak, including words like community spread, and contact tracing. And, don’t forget the controversial wearing of a face mask. Even though it may improve safety, just the need for such increases anxiety.
COVID-19 has also emphasized the glaring inequities and resultant disparities in access, treatment, and services, which render some populations more vulnerable than others. The fact that the highest casualties of the coronavirus are black and brown people affirms the time-worn adage that “when white America catches a cold, black America gets pneumonia.” The overt displays of racism and heartless insensitivity are also painful.
So, how do we cope during this phenomenally difficult time? Is this a new state-of bondage, liberty, opportunity or something in between? As with any dilemma, I know that having a balanced perspective and attitude are imperative. Of course, you should seek help.
But this too is my advice. Dare to listen to your inner promptings for direction. Follow your intuition. Treat yourself with kindness and respect and demand the same from others. Seek advice only from someone qualified to give it. Start with someone who successfully survived a major crisis.
Remind yourself of your core strengths and weaknesses and use them to get through these challenging times. Trust yourself and be open-minded to fresh approaches to life. Focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Learn from your attempts, failures and success. Track what you’re doing by keeping notes, this informs what you should do or not do next. Most of all, don’t give up. Remember that life isn’t static but continually changing. Be patient.