We’re living in difficult times, with no certainty how long and how impactful the COVID-19 outbreak will be. What we do know however, is that we can work on this together, and through supporting one another, can eventually beat this threat.
With this confusion and instability, it’s easy to get lost, and perhaps panic will start to settle in, denial and other feelings we might not necessarily want to experience. Leading UK life coach Carole Ann Rice is confident that there are some aspects in our control, and we can make a difference.
Here, Carole shares 5 lessons we can all take away from the COVID-19 outbreak:
1. Learning to adjust
Bad stuff happens all the time. Sometimes we can predict it, other times it can strike without warning, but in all cases, we just have to go with the flow. In times like this, we need to re-evaluate ourselves and our capacity; learning to adjust to the situation.
2. Kindness is precious
You can’t put a price on kindness, and this truly is the time where we should be promoting it. Forget stockpiling on materialistic, replaceable items; the luxury goods we all need in our lives are benevolence, altruism, generosity and positivity.
3. Being grateful
When you most need them, friends and family are there for one another, and this is the time to support and be thankful for the relationships you have. The old saying of ‘you don’t know what you have until it’s gone’ rings true. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, concentrate on your surroundings – nature, home comforts, lovely food, the weather and your beloved pets.
4. Connection is everything
Focusing on materialism is a temporary state, what becomes more important is the connection of having a support network; staying in touch with friends, family, your community as focusing on yourself will fast-track to a path of loneliness in a mansion of material nothingness.
5. We can’t control everything
There are some things completely out of our control and focusing on this will result in nothing but worry. Surrender is key to thriving and having accepted that you are unable to change the course of this pandemic singlehandedly. Instead, focus on what you can control; that is what is important.