finding hope during COVID-19

There’s a lot on our minds. And probably that last thing we’re thinking about is finding hope during COVID-19 pandemic protocol.

If we’re following all the recommendations to a T, then we’re leaving our spaces as little as possible, social distancing, and quarantining to avoid exposure. Hopefully you got some toilet paper all you could.

I still think our immense hysteria around the absolute worst-case scenario, especially from what we see in media, is more harm than good. However, this is something we still need to take seriously.

Even after all of this social distancing dies down, life won’t go back to “normal.” Things have changed and will continue to change. We’re not approaching everything with the same ease as before. There’s more caution and hesitation. Knowledge is power.

Hope is also powerful. And feeling any semblance hope during COVID-19 is difficult, to say the least. The mental health strain is undeniable, which is just as prevalent as coronavirus itself. But to keep us pushing forward and staying grounded, let’s consider how to find hope during COVID-19.

wake-up call.

Let me get political for a moment. What helps me find the most hope during COVID-19 is the implications the pandemic has on our economic and political status quo.

Obviously, our country as we know it does not best serve the people. Even if you feel sick, many workplaces are offering no support or are even laying workers off altogether. Most people cannot afford to go to the doctor for possible symptoms, let alone pay for the coronavirus test.

It’s not like everything will bounce back after we all return to normal (whatever that means). My hope during COVID-19 is that we wake up and realize how desperately we need to change the systems in place. Healthcare as is doesn’t work. Our reliance upon capitalism and overworking ourselves doesn’t work. And the front-line workers keeping us all afloat right now deserve way more support.

Not to mention the fact those who can are now working and studying remotely, a move that many disabled people have asked for as an accommodation and never received. Well, I hope during COVID-19, our workplaces can be much more adaptable to fit a variety of needs and actually support disabled people and those with chronic illnesses.

opportunities to grow.

As we’re trying to avoid exposure to coronavirus, we as people are now more emotionally exposed. Most of us shy away from excess introspection. But now it’s forced upon us.

Find hope during COVID-19 that this extra time is an opportunity for you to do those things you’ve put off doing. Perhaps adopting new healthy practices into your daily routine to enliven your body and spirit. Although we’re keeping our social distance, the possibilities are very expansive.

The few ideas I especially want to highlight are for spiritual grounding and creative expression. Both of these areas may offer you the most relief and comfort necessary to find hope during COVID-19. Without all the extra distractions and busyness, think of what you could create.

COVID-19 is leaving us raw, and it’s feeding into our anxieties. Such energy, channeled into a space like writing, artwork, photography, music, and more, is bound to inspire new ideas, let alone an emotional release.

I also highly suggest leaning into spirituality, if that tickles your fancy. Meditation, prayer, yoga, and whatever other practice helps you feel connected to Spirit not only brings forth stillness, but it also kindles a sense of longing and connection we may otherwise be lacking right now.

I hope during COVID-19 that we spark our passions and hearts for what some may label as “unproductive.” But, truly, spiritual grounding and creativity are blessings to embrace.

emotional awareness.

We’re forced now to slow down, something we’ve all needed. A hope during COVID-19 is that we use this space to really honor ourselves and what we may need.

However you’ve been affected by coronavirus, your emotions and worries are very valid. It’s hard to predict exactly what may happen, and that increased awareness of our inability to control much of life stands at the forefront.

This may also be a time where depression can rise to the surface. Many who really need physical interaction and contact, who need to socialize and be out in public spaces, aren’t satisfied. Like I mentioned, we have a lot of extra space and time right now. Without a clear endpoint yet, there’s bound to be despair, loneliness, and hopelessness.

Perhaps consider online therapy if that’s available to you. Otherwise, it goes back to honoring what your body and mind need, and seeing how to adapt that need to the self-quarantine.

Thankfully, we have technology that can at least keep us virtually connected, whether it’s social media or video chatting. Check in on your loved ones regularly, and reach out to those you haven’t talked with in awhile. This is an ideal time to catch up with people when we aren’t constantly busy.

Prioritize your physical well-being, since that directly correlates with your mental well-being. Now’s the time to sleep, actually drink water, take the time to make nourishing meals, and move your body. The outdoors is still available, as well as online fitness programs and videos.

What better time than now to learn a new skill? Or crack open a book you’ve been meaning to read? If you’re not still in college and weighing out the implications of online classes and lectures, you don’t have to put lifelong learning on hold.

It’s tempting to want to wallow in your loneliness,. Maybe drop by the liquor store, or drink your body weight in coffee while staring at a screen all day without ever leaving your bed. I feel you. But if you instill hope during COVID-19, you may see this time as one for personal growth and healing. The world at large is working to heal from coronavirus. We too can individually work to heal the stress and emotions we put on the back burner.

keep seeking hope during COVID-19.

There’s a lot on our minds. Hope is probably not one of those things.

Seeking hope during COVID-19 won’t only keep you sane, but it’ll also ensure you stay well in every aspect of your being. Just because you haven’t caught the bug doesn’t mean you aren’t suffering negative consequences. We all are, in some capacity.

Stay grateful for every little glimmer of light. Hold on tightly to loved ones (from a safe distance!). Please follow recommended protocol to keep the immunocompromised safe. Find your self-care and do it.

This time will pass. Everything we’re experiencing is temporary, as it always has been and always will be. Optimism is a superpower. Some may call it unrealistic and naive, but we wouldn’t survive without it. In everything, there’s a balance of light and dark, good and bad. So, let us find hope during COVID-19, so that every glimmer of light shines brighter, and we grow stronger. Wiser. And, most importantly, more compassionate.

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