Things may get worse before they get better, but we are still here. Human beings have great capacity for adapting in times of suffering.
Prioritizing your mental health can be one of the best steps you can take at this time. For some, this may mean seeking help or booking online sessions to talk through things and being intentional about practicing self-care.
Feeling anxious as we move forward as a society will be normal, but if you experience symptoms of extreme stress such as constant sleep problems or an increase in alcohol or drug use, a visit to your health care provider or mental health professional can make a positive difference. Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, especially during difficult times. Focus your attention on your strengths and abilities, and imagine yourself coping and adapting successfully.
Flexibility is adaptive. It is imperative that we build a foundation of healthy coping and stay connected to our values and to one another. Gratitude is a good first step toward opening the door to flexibility. In fact, the more you practice gratitude, the better your brain gets at recognizing positive things.
Start by thinking about one thing or person for which you are grateful. Focus on the feelings that arise, and hold them in your heart. Know that you can return to that thought of appreciation anytime as you move forward.
Peace and Love, Jim