I am full of worry. Aren’t we all? After all, we are experiencing what will be one of the most significant periods in our lives – the COVID-19 pandemic. But, I needed to get that under control and here is what I discovered about how to stop worrying. WHAT I WORRY ABOUT First, let me share just some of the things I worry about. I worry about people getting sick. Both those I know and those I don’t know. And, I worry that people still don’t get it. That they aren’t doing what is necessary to keep themselves safe, to keep others safe and to get us on the other side of this pandemic. Then there is worry about my personality changing. That I’m too judgmental, losing my willingness to trust, dimming my light. I
We aren’t even half way through the year and yet, I think we all know what 2020 will be remembered for. Most certainly, this year will be memorialized as the one where we were all challenged with the immense responsibility to avoid spreading a particularly dangerous virus. I’m sharing 8 essential strategies for your pandemic survival because we all need a dose of inspiration at this point. For some, the demand to stop everything has been a welcome respite from chaotic schedules. For others, it may have been a struggle to manage this state of isolation. Either way, desperate times call for desperate measures and we all need a pandemic survival guide. HOW PEOPLE ARE ADAPTING There seem to be two camps of people that are using very different coping techniques to make it through
We all have choices to make. However, our current state of slow living wasn’t one of those choices. And yet, it resonates in so many ways. It feels that things are moving in slow motion. Certainly, many are struggling to get some momentum. Others are grateful for the respite to rest. Moving forward, perhaps we need to learn how to choose a slow living lifestyle. After several weeks of staying home, the uncertainty of it all remains. How long will this go on? And, that ambiguity leads to other questions: “When it’s over, how do we integrate back into the world? What will normal look like in a post-pandemic world? Will I be different? What will I remember from this experience? Can I keep semblance of a slower lifestyle moving forward?” In her Sunday Paper
In my earlier years, the allure of poetry was always strong. So, when asked to write essays in high school English classes, I would sometimes submit poems to tell the story. However, some teachers welcomed my creative approach with praise, whilst others didn’t appreciate rule-breaking behavior. I continued to write poetry well into my 30s. Then, I stopped. Reinspired to Write Again Most importantly, I’ve recently been re-inspired by the founder of a facilitation course I’ve been taking. Tara Mohr has shared her magical poems during this global pandemic. Certainly, poetry can lull our nervous systems into a calmer rhythm. And, it can remove us from fear and transport us into another realm. As Mohr says, “poetry can connect us to a more intuitive place in ourselves, a place of vast knowing – the deeper
The discomfort you’re feeling is grief. That was the title of a recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) article. And it is a new reality because many of us are actually grieving the loss of normalcy during this pandemic. Not to mention the loss of so many others things: financial, emotional, mental and physical. David Kessler, a leading expert on grief is interviewed in the HBR article. Kessler co-wrote with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross a legendary book on the topic: On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss. This book revolutionized the five stages of grief.
As we celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, we are reminded that the campaign isn’t for just one day. It runs all year long and we can must continually pledge to move from talk to action within our own spheres of influence. Collectively, we can make change happen. Collectively, we can each help to create a gender equal world. THE THEME FOR 2020 The 2020 theme for International Women’s Day is #EachforEqual. Therefore, this theme is about collective individualism. We are all parts of a whole. Our individual actions, conversations, behaviors and mindsets can have an impact on our larger society. Above all, we can all choose to be #EachforEqual. An equal world is an enabled world. And we can challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. WHY IT MATTERS International Women’s