We are all dealing with something, or have dealt with something, that challenged us because of change.
There is a lot of change happening constantly and we don’t pay attention unless it could affect us in some way. We inherently don’t like change much either.
Change can make you feel you’ve lost control and it challenges your routines and the habits you’ve developed. This also can amplify your stress.
I don’t watch the news at all and prefer to read the news, mostly online…the local paper and other news outlets to get different perspectives, sometimes they are the extreme opposite on a topic. As I’m writing this, the news headlines are about a lot of unexpected things (changes):
- the new strain of coronovirus (Covid-19)
- events are being cancelled because of Covid-19
- the stock market crash
- major global oil price drop, etc.
- who knows what the major headlines will be tomorrow
These examples of “changes” listed are beyond our individual control, but we can control our reaction. And a lot of people are reacting with fear.
With so much uncertainty, it’s completely normal to feel concerned or scared sometimes. The experts are correct that managing stress and anxiety can be helpful. Getting an overall perspective of the situation is a good start.
I encourage you to practice good hygiene habits everyday regardless. Didn’t realize how much I touched my face after the experts are telling everyone to not touch their faces.
The advice I have at this moment is: be mindful of the situation, remind yourself to stay calm, and pause and take a deep breath. A pause to breathe is so simple and yet can be so helpful. This allows you to focus on the “right thing to do” in a situation.
This blog was started ten years ago to share my healing stories (and my opinion) from weird sh*t that wasn’t expected. Resilience helped me get through those changes and there will be other unexpected changes I will definitely encounter in the future.
Resilience means knowing how to cope in spite of setbacks, or barriers, or limited resources. Resilience is a measure of how much you want something and how much you are willing, and able, to overcome obstacles to get it. It has to do with your emotional strength.
Whatever comes your way, you got this. Resilience is your middle name.
I’m going for a walk in the woods with the dogs now… a nature break is calming and helps build a resilience reservoir, right?