The Three Mandatory Practices of Covid-Resilience
By Maria Sirois
Covid-Fatigue has set in. We are all a bit tired of this and all still worried about the emerging normal. So many questions unanswered and in this marathon of adjustments and upheavals and uncertainties we face an invitation to remain steady and strong and centered. All the engineers and scientists in my life remind me that when facing an overwhelming experience it helps to keep things simple and clear. Given that, here are the 3 foundational resilience practices we ought to land on each day:
1. Focus on the Good: When anxiety or sadness or fear grab hold, remember that good is present within us and around us every day. We don’t have to look far in the news to find videos of kindness and compassion everywhere. Positivity provides respite, recovery and opens the door to hope.
2. Seek Connection: in all the forms that serve you. We cannot ride these waves alone and remain healthy; everyone needs the sustenance of connection. Call, write, text, walk with that safe distance between and if it is hard to reach out or hard to share what is really going on then know that experts are on call to help. Clergy, physicians, counselors across the lands are just a phone call away. Connection is absolutely crucial – our verbal touches and hugs and the sunbeams of our smiles are the very oxygen our souls need to survive.
3. Practice Daily, Devoted Self-Care: Three simple questions can change the day. I encourage all of us to choose one, answer the question and pick a time that day to practice. We need ourselves to be our own best friends; this is how we do so.
a. What nourishes or calms me?
b. What strengthens me?
c. What inspires me?
On my best days, I answer and practice all three. How different might our days be if we all took every day as if it counted and as if we counted in it and took even just five minutes out for ourselves?
This is hard…and we are capable.
Sending so many virtual hugs as we walk ourselves and each other home.
Maria Sirois, PsyD, is a positive psychologist, international consultant, master teacher, and author of two A Short Course in Happiness After Loss and Every Day Counts. She is devoted to the science of well-being and the art of crafting a life and a work that embodies health, passion, and success. Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humor, Maria brings a depth of experience in personal and professional leadership development and resilience training for corporate and non‐profit professionals alike.
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