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Tips for Adapting to Change During the Pandemic
by Eleanor Wyatt
It’s no secret that the coronavirus pandemic has changed our lives in countless ways. What’s more, these changes continue to evolve and shift — typically right around the time when we’re finally gaining some sense of stability. We’re talking to you, delta variant.
Humans, by nature, tend to crave routine and resist change, but we’re also incredibly adaptable. As we navigate the constant sea of changes brought on by the pandemic, try to ride each challenge like a wave rather than trying to fight it. Here are some tips to help you become more resilient as we ride out this big wave together!
Look for Ways to Relieve Tension
If the pandemic has created additional stress in your life, you're not alone. Anxiety levels are generally high right now for a number of reasons. People are concerned about contracting the virus, worried about loved ones, confused about the vaccine, and anxious about what another lockdown might mean for their career or business. During a stressful time like this, it’s imperative to find ways to relieve tension.
Practicing mindfulness is another great way to cope with stress during the pandemic. The University of Utah explains that mindfulness practice will enable you to more easily tune into feelings of joy and happiness rather than ruminating on negative thoughts. Mindfulness is a great way to improve your ability to regulate your emotions in the face of uncertainty! If you’re not sure where to start, try a session of breath awareness meditation or progressive muscle relaxation.
Keep in Touch with Loved Ones
In times of turmoil, our support networks are crucial for our mental well-being. This is not the time to create distance between you and your loved ones. Reach out in whatever way possible; for most of us, this means continuing to enjoy virtual gatherings and other online opportunities for socialization. Take advantage of websites and apps like Houseparty, Jackbox Games, and Netflix Party to make your virtual get-togethers more fun and engaging!
Focus on the Positives
While some people may have a hard time seeing a silver lining in all of this, a few positives have come out of the pandemic. Focusing on these will help you adapt to change more easily. For example, many business owners and employees have discovered the benefits of remote work! This has also been a great opportunity for the world to slow down, rest, and rejuvenate. We’ve all had more time to focus on self-care and family, more time to pursue our hobbies and make memories with our loved ones, and more time to reflect on our internal thoughts and feelings.
As we navigate the pandemic, it’s easy to focus on the day-to-day, but try to look at the big picture. Focus on your long-term goals and use this time to work towards something bigger! This could mean pursuing a better employment opportunity, launching your own business, learning a new skill, or whatever your heart desires. You could even use this time to go back to school! For example, if you’ve been working as an RN with an associate’s degree, consider going back to school to achieve your bachelor of science in nursing. Not only will you grow your knowledge and enhance your skills, but you can also increase your earning potential!
The coronavirus pandemic has taught us that nothing in life is certain. And that’s okay! You have what it takes to adapt to any challenges the pandemic throws at you. This is an excellent opportunity to work on your coping skills and learn to go with the flow. Instead of trying to fight the changes that are coming, try to sit back and see just where they could take you!
About the Author
Eleanor Wyatt is a workplace wellness expert and writer. She created Remote Work Wellness to provide advice to the growing remote workforce. She thinks it’s essential that people who work remotely be proactive about their health, and that’s what her site is all about.