The past 1.5 years have been a straight up whirlwind of emotions. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in different ways (some have lost loved ones, jobs, relationships etc.) leaving the majority of us in a COVID ‘funk’. As everyone copes with trauma differently – this funk can take the form of a loss of interest in past activities, over/under eating, mental and physical illness aggravated by ongoing stress, disconnection from friends and family, a financial hit, worry for the future and more. If you’re in a COVID funk, no matter what that looks like, know you’re not alone. Today I’m sharing 6 methods to overcoming your COVID funk and finding your inner strength to enter a (hopeful) world post COVID. Plus, find out how you can celebrate new beginnings by improving your smile with Nuvia Dental Implant Center.
Write down the lessons you’ve learned
No matter how the pandemic has affected you and your family – there have been so many lessons learned. Write them down. How have your priorities changed? How have your values changed? How have relationships near and far changed/evolved? What was important to you pre-COVID and what is important to you post-COVID? You may be surprised how much you have grown and evolved (in a positive way).
The world has changed. You have changed. Living through a pandemic changes a person. But change can be good. How have you changed for the better? What have you learned? How can you embrace this change? How can you use it to forward your dreams? It’s all about perspective. Take this opportunity to brainstorm how you can use this change for good. Have you lost your job? Now it’s time to pursue your dream job. Forced to move back home with family? Now you can save up for your future. Broke up with you significant other? Good, you got it out of the way – onto the next. Gained weight (hi, hello it me)? It’s time to research a new workout plan and healthy meal ideas. It’s change – but it can lead to a better you.
Be gentle with yourself
Whatever your circumstance, be gentle on yourself. You just survived a global pandemic! Don’t minimize that in your head. If you’ve gained weight during the pandemic (who hasn’t) focus on the fact that your body did what it needed to in order to survive the pandemic. It protected you during a worldwide trauma. If you lost friendships, maybe they weren’t meant to be anyways. Dipped into your emergency fund to cover a loss of work? It was meant for a time like this. Give yourself grace.
Ease in slowly
Going from little face-to-face interaction to limitless socialization may be difficult for some. Especially us introverts. As things start to open, (once vaccinated) start slow. If you’ve gotten comfortable in your little bubble – enjoy an outing once a week or once every other week. Don’t put pressure on yourself to go back to the social life you once had.
Talk about it
Feeling worried, anxious, depressed about our new normal? Talk about it with a friend or family member. Chances are they’re feeling the same. We’re all in this together, so we might as well support one another. Let your family and friends know how you’re adjusting to this new post COVID world. If you’re experiencing anxiety or depression that interferes with your everyday routine, speak to a professional. My dad is a psychologist and he has told me levels of anxiety and depression have skyrocketed. You’re not alone. Plus, all the cool kids go to therapy. Didn’t ya know?
Congratulations. You survived a global pandemic. No seriously, many lost their lives. You’re here. You’re breathing. You made it. Now it’s time to treasure your body and treat yourself to that thing you’ve always wanted. A brand new bike? Buy it. Your friend you’ve been secretly crushing on? Pursue it. Craving a new career path? Pick up some online classes and study a field you’re passionate about. Wanting to fix your teeth? Do it. Get that life changing smile restoration. Did you know you can get a new smile (with permanent teeth) in 24 hours? Learn more here!
Thank you to Nuvia Dental Implant Center for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.