Humans are hardwired for connection. We are social creatures whose mental health depends on others. Yet right now we can’t have our community and usual sources of connection, at least not in the same way as we did.
This is causing a lot of emotional stress as many of us are feeling lonely, bored and missing these intimate connections. Today marks almost 4 weeks of quarantine for most people.
Unfortunately, there is no easy way out of this; like all other painful things in our life we must work through it.
Our instant remedies such as food, alcohol, and media diversions are starting to run short. We must feel the feelings, work through them and let them pass.
Here is a strategy I use to do this:
Write down 3 things you are anxious/sad/worried about
Now write them again with a different perspective that makes you feel less worried, as if you were looking at the problems of someone else
Take a deep breath and remind yourself you can handle whatever life and this virus throws at you, you have the inner resources to figure it out and support yourself emotionally
Like everything in life, this hard phase will pass. I have chosen to shift my perspective on how I view my stress and worries and instead, look for joy and moments of gratitude during it all.
There is so much power in being grateful and feeling the hard feelings so they stop weighing on my heart and mind. I have been looking at my life from the lens of another person who may see my struggles as privilege.
I encourage you to do the same.
Take good care,