Read this if you’ve been hard on yourself for how you’re coping with COVID-19
Coping with COVID-19 is a different journey for everyone. It's important to adjust your expectations to accommodate the unconscious ways in which this pandemic is impacting you. It's time to accept yourself for where you're at, and that where you're at can change week to week. Set small and achievable goals, and be learn to slow down and be more present with yourself. Right now, many of us may be fortunate to work safely from our homes, have comforts like T.V. and entertainment apps, and a diversity of foods to cook. Despite these relative comforts of our immediate environment, we are still being bombarded by change, loss, paradoxes, conflicts and uncertainty in our society and world- thank you COVID-19. Pervasive uncertainties exist over the future, when school will get back in session, when work will resume, what restaurants and businesses will close in our communities, whether we or people we know get the virus or not, who might get laid off from their jobs. We’re also experiencing the inner emotional conflict caused by experiencing so many multiple paradoxes: Mother nature is healing, and yet human beings are sick. We finally have time to spend with our families, and yet we’re encountering greater relational friction. We may have cherished time to reflect on our goals and yet the future is up on the air. We may feel gratitude and joy for the sanctuaries of our homes, and sadness and guilt for all the essential workers risking their lives. We can feel joy and sadness, and many different emotions at the same time, but this may feel hard and new to us- with these emotions more saliently or strongly felt. We also may be grieving who we used to be and our lives before. We may be grieving the energy and goals we had and we feel confusion by the changes we’re noticing in ourselves. Normal expectations just cannot apply, and it is enough to be doing the best we can. Here are 11 reminders to help you cope with self-compassion.
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