If you are one of the many people who have been emotionally, physically or motivationally impacted by the pandemic, there is hope. You have a multitude of options when it comes to making changes that will have a positive impact on your life both now and in the future.
Seek Out Sage Advice
As the saying goes: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. And, so it is with other lessons and life advice for when you’re stuck. Even if you do not always make an immediate connection with the words of wisdom, do not discount their intentions. Look for a deeper meaning or ways that you can translate the content directly into your life or particular situation. Really consider the advice and give it a try. You may be pleasantly surprised when you take a leap of faith and venture into uncharted territory. Sometimes just a shift in ideological thinking can have a major impact on your perspective.
Take Your Time
Re-entering into society after Covid-19 may be tricky for some people. Thankfully, and for the most part, you get to decide what the terms of re-entry mean for you. Your situation is unique to you. If you are already an introvert, you may choose to take a little extra time to get back out there and socialize. If you have an opportunity to stay in a work-from-home model, you can opt for that work schedule or even a hybrid model if you are ready for a little more in-person human interaction. Whatever you decide, ensure you take small steps to get back to normalcy or a new normal to live your best life. Human relationships are vital for longevity and necessary for you to have support when you need it most.
Prioritize Your Mental Health
Whether you are an established patient with a mental health practitioner or are about to begin your journey, it is imperative to your overall health to make it a priority. In today’s technological world, you can Zoom or Skype your therapist. You can even text a provider at any time of the day or night to meet your mental health needs. If you are seeking out a new therapist or looking to meet with one for the first time, know that it is ok to shop around. Should the first or second provider that you speak or meet with not feel like a good fit, search for a new one. Mental health professionals are in the field to help you and want what is best for you, even if that is a new therapist.
Here is a mindful breathing exercise to maintain a positive and relaxed mindset anytime you need it.
Look for motivation when you need an extra boost of positive reinforcement. It can be found in inspirational quotes, books, or podcasts. Give yourself productive affirmations to keep you on track to your goals. Try making a list of constructive assertions that you say to your reflection in the mirror each morning as a way to motivate and inspire your inner self.
Remember to take care of yourself and seek care when you need it most. Find the best support and guidance to live a full life and alleviate stress where you can.
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