Emerging from COVID-19

“Man is by nature a social animal … Society is something that precedes the individual.” 

Aristotle.

This has been a long year of confusion, fear, anxiety, stress, well, you name it, it has been that too. As we emerge from these stressful times, some people are doing so with caution and others are ready to just get up and go and be done with it.

In whatever way you are experiencing the pandemic, there is little doubt that it has changed how we view the world, how we live our lives, how we relate to others, and how we do our work. For many, it has shifted their priorities. We have lacked clear answers about what to think and what to do, how the virus spreads and how it can be contained, how it impacts our world of work and the economy, and how long it will take before life goes back to normal. Some wonder how and if things will ever go back to the way things were before; some wonder if we are creating a new normal. Whatever your experience has been, it is worth spending time reflecting not only about what you as an individual have learned but what we as a society has learned that can help us as we move into the future.

As we move ahead according to our own comfortability, here are some thoughts about how you may ease your anxiety.

Patterson Park pond
  • Begin your day with intention. Take a moment to think about how to organize your day.
  • Meditate, do yoga, listen to quiet music, or breathe slowly and deeply.
  • Exercise for at least 15 minutes a day. Even a brisk walk will do.
  • Show compassion for yourself and others.
  • Eat well. Don’t worry about “dieting” but rather concern yourself with healthy eating habits.
  • Stay in touch with people who are important to you.
  • Watch a TV show or YouTube video you think is funny.
  • Take a break from social media.