Loss & Opportunity to Create

 

Finding a New Norm in the Midst of COVID-19 Life Changes

During this unknown season of job layoffs, working from home, being quarantined day after day, stuck in the same house with the same people,…the greatest source of anxiety in this season seems to be the loss of what was once “normal”

 

 

As humans, by nature, we function best with our established routines, a normalcy we have developed over time. The loss of these routines has perplexed many and has become the greatest stressor in this season, no matter the phase of life. While the unwinding of our routines seems overwhelming and frustrating (and even scary), we have an opportunity amidst the many changes – to be active in the role of choosing what becomes our normal going forward. 

 

Building new routines in this season of change and hardship will help alleviate anxiety and create a sense of normalcy again. 

The first step in establishing a new routine (and thus a new “normal”) is to give yourself the space to accept that change is an inevitable part of life and that this time whether the change is warranted or not, it can be seen as an opportunity rather than a detriment. Changing your outlook will help ease the process of change – and who knows, maybe it will give you a boost of confidence to take the next step in developing your new sense of normalcy. A change of perspective will give you the confidence and peace you need to proceed. 

 

Next, start thinking about one thing you would like to be part of your daily routine – it could be starting your day sitting on the porch with a cup of coffee and a good book for 30 minutes or ending your day with a 30-minute walk with your family in your neighborhood. Pick whatever brings you joy and do it daily! Start with a small, easily attainable goal and build your routine from there. Once you begin to add things, remember that you have the control to add or subtract as the routine begins to flow.

 

Check back next Thursday to learn about how to ground yourself in this season of change! 

Written by Rachel Schleier, Foundry Counseling, LLC 

Clinical Intern & Administrative Assistant

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