We have certainly found ourselves in interesting times, haven’t we? Maybe about this time last year, I significantly cut back on the amount of time I was spending watching the news. At that time and the following months, I considered this to be a really important factor leading to my increased happiness and well-being, but I must admit, I have been consuming news during the COVID-19 coverage much more than I was for those several months. There’s a lot of uncertainty right now for all of us, and as I’m writing this, I am taking solace in knowing that we’re all in this together.
Stay Connected for Yourself
It’s important during these uncertain times to stay connected with friends and family. The constraints of social distancing may mean that you are spending less time engaging with people and it’s possible this could lead to some emotional and mental health concerns, but that doesn’t have to be the case. With all of the available technology, there has never been a better time in history to be physically isolated from your friends and family. Have video calls, play online games, maybe texts or myriad other ways to stay connected. Take care of yourself and don’t let physical isolation become emotional isolation.
Stay Connected for Others
Much the same, we need to be extra mindful of the needs of others right now. Staying connected is good for everyone involved, not just ourselves. If you have friends or family members you haven’t spoken with for a while, now might be a good time to check on them to make sure they’ve got what they need and are coping well with everything that’s going on. Any elderly family members might be going through a particularly difficult time right now. Just as we need to be vigilant to protect our own safety and well-being, we need to be thinking of others’ safety and well-being. So, if a phone call to grandma seems like it would brighten her spirits, go for it!
Stay Connected to Your Goals
It is perfectly okay if you need to take some time off from any on-going change efforts right now. You owe it to yourself to handle these new challenges as they come without adding any new stress through personal development work. If you can handle it, great, you know your situation and I don’t, of course. But please don’t think you have failed if you can’t meet a goal you developed back when life was…normal.
What you WILL want to do, though, is to make sure you refresh your commitment to the change goals you have identified. With all of these new concerns, it could be easy to completely forget about personal development or to decide that you cannot continue a personal development effort due to these short-term setbacks. We will get through this. You will get through this. It will require some sacrifice and discomfort, but you can handle it and your dreams are still within your reach. Modify some goals if you need to, but don’t give up. You and your future are absolutely worth it.