I hope you are doing well and coping during this situation.
Between the news, social media and friends you are probably sick of hearing about the Coronavirus.
Unfortunately, I’m going to add to this endless information, this time by sharing some positive thoughts.
Personally, the amount of information going around at this time is too much and I’ve taken action to remove myself from the situation to relax and recover.
I wrote my posts How to Recover from Burnout and Overstimulation During COVID-19 Lockdown and Keep Your Sanity in COVID-19 isolation as a way of supporting you deal with some of the challenges being presented.
What are you going to do when this is all over?
This is a question I’ve been asked a lot recently.
And of course, my answer involves seeing loved ones, hitting the gym and biting down into a TGI Fridays Chicken Club sandwich.
But the situation has opened a new perspective, I’ve seen a lot of people struggling – losing their jobs, money, mind.
I’m one of the lucky ones – working in healthcare IT, I’m need now more than ever.
This isn’t shared as a brag, but more as undying gratitude to the position built and a reminder of my own humanity.
I’ve been in bad situations myself and there is nothing worse when you’re trying to pick yourself back up and not getting a break along the way.
Therefore, my goal when this is all over is to help give people the chance I never had.
My initial focus is to incorporate buying extra food every month to donate to local food banks.
Perhaps you want to think what kindness you can offer strangers?
When lockdown hit, something I swore was to not let what was going on in the outside world impact my mindset.
Something of great comfort is reading the book Man’s Search for Meaning.
This was written by Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist who survived being held in a concentration camp.
Although his personal freedoms had been taken by the Nazis, they could never control his mind.
He noticed those who found personal meaning in the terrible situation, were more likely to get through it okay.
Whenever I falter, I think
“If Viktor could survive such horrible treatment, I can get through staying in the comfort of my own home with my family”
These teachings have been of great value to me and were an inspiration for my Tribe Media post about the Circle of Control.
I recommend you look up his work.
Wherever you are in this world, I hope you can find ways of managing during these times.
Stay strong friend.
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