If you’re reading this, it’s very likely that you are well aware of how different the world is right now. Our lives have taken this spin that we didn’t see coming, and now we have to make all these quick adjustments and do something that isn’t quite human – stay away from each other.
Having studied both Sociology and Psychology, I can already imagine the effects that this time is having on our society, both individually and collectively. You may find yourself with a loved one for extended amounts of time that you just aren’t used to. Or, you could be finding yourself alone – like me – and absolutely loving your new found sense of freedom. And while we don’t know exactly how long this may last, one thing is certain. Life just won’t be the same after this.
This is a reality we’ll all face at some point. But for now, we’re showing up for the world by staying indoors. It’s not the norm, and there are some of us who may not know what to do. Can I offer a suggestion?
Take care of yourself.
No, I mean it. I really do mean it.
If ever there was a time to be still and rediscover yourself in the space you find yourself in, it’s now. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and while we’re all missing how much we used to physically connect with people in social settings, let this time be one where you take a moment to appreciate one thing that makes us human – connection through interaction.
I’ve been watching the way that we’ve maneuvered social distancing through digital interaction. It’s been great to witness, but for me, I know that I still need to limit the amount of screen time I get because I’m also getting information overload on every platform I find myself on. So I know I need to step back. And if that’s something you need to do to, please, do it. We may all be physically showing up by staying home, but this also includes showing up for yourself, and doing what you can to take care of yourself holistically during this time.
We’ll see each other again. We’ll enjoy the company of our friends and family again. We’ll appreciate the sound of waves crashing onto the shoreline again. There are so many things that we will get to do again once it’s safe to do so. Don’t be saddened by that – rather, get excited for all the new ways that you will rediscover they way to live your life. Plant seeds of hope in your mind that will produce a mindset that knows that this too, shall pass.
But for now. Take care of yourself.
Show up for yourself.
Be kind to yourself.
And stay safe…