Who would have thought three months’ ago today (Christmas Day) we would be in total lockdown in New Zealand with people all over the world in social isolation!
It’s hard to imagine, just so surreal and so difficult to comprehend!
Like you, we are all experiencing so many emotions right now, feeling scared, anxious and worried.
With such an uncertain future, we are bound to have good and bad days, concerned about the health of ourselves and our loved ones, uneasy about what the future holds for any of us financially with the potential lack of jobs and struggling businesses.
This unclear and unprecedented situation makes us feel like we did in the earthquakes, that the ground beneath us has just shaken us to the core, however, on this occasion its worldwide and will change the world as we know it.
With all this in mind, we do need to try and remain as calm and positive as we can, not only for ourselves, but also for our families and work colleagues.
Like the roots in the picture above, we need to join together from a distance to support each other to enable us to stay connected, only this time in a different way.
Remember, also, it is okay for us to ask for help and this is the time to do it with no holding back.
What strategies might we use to help ourselves during this difficult time?
- Talk to someone – the one thing I’m holding onto during this is that we are ALL in this together, there isn’t anyone who won’t be feeling the same as us right now or worrying about the things we are. Perhaps at different levels and perhaps slightly different circumstances, but the feelings are just the same. Talking and listening to each other so we don’t keep things inside helps us draw strength from each other the best way we can
- Use the time you have well – being forced into isolation means we have time to do the things we may not have been able to do before, whether this be DIY, strategic planning for our business, or just focusing on ourselves more, for example, pastimes such as reading or having chats with friends and colleagues
- Finding the positives and a reason to smile – as hard as it might be, we do need to consider what good may come from this, drawing upon the great things we now may have the time to do. Consider watching something that makes you smile or laugh to take your mind off everything that’s going on around us, even if it’s just for a short time each day; stress affects our health, laughing is good for our soul!
If you want someone to talk to, I am happy to have a chat with anyone who may be struggling personally or professionally via video conference – all you need do is connect…
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