We’ve officially hit the six-month mark of COVID. Six months of many of us working from home (WFH – yes, we had to learn a new acronym), six months of stress and anxiety, which is leading to burnout. And while some of life’s activities are coming back, things are far from normal.
Resiliency. It’s defined as the readiness to bounce back from adversity. If the pandemic were a professor, we’d all have resiliency PhDs.
We’ve been thinking about all the different kinds of adversity we wouldn’t have imagined just a year ago:
- Homeschooling the kids while trying to get our own work done.
- Not being able to visit loved ones.
- Watching rite of passages slip away, like graduations and weddings.
- Standing by while our favorite mom and pop shops close their doors.
So, now what? We can all keep on doing our part – wearing masks, washing our hands, and social distancing. But while we are doing that, we can try a few things, like:
Staying positive. Choose happiness. Find the bright side. More time at home means more time with your crew or more time to do what you enjoy, like gardening or cooking. Negative thoughts are going to happen. When they do, acknowledge them, own them, and then focus on the positive in your life.
Staying healthy. It’s super easy to overeat, overdrink, not exercise and watch Netflix until you can’t see straight, but don’t do it! Keep a healthy routine. Your body and mind will thank you.
Staying resilient. We’ve been doing it for this long, now is not the time to throw in the towel. Be sure to work hard when you’re on the clock, but log off and walk away at a reasonable time, roll with the punches when things change (again), know that you got this and life will get back to the place that we all miss.
Struggling? Call on your closest allies, chances are they are feeling it too. Take advantage of your employer’s EAP. And don’t forget to do something just for you.