If anyone had told me at the beginning of 2020 that planners would end up being useless filler paper and that all of our plans were going to be just thrown out altogether, I would have laughed in disbelief and maybe tinged with a bit of fear and alarm. This has certainly been a wild ride for 2020 and I thought it might be helpful to check in about how we are all doing and coping.
From what I observe, it seems like many people and families started off quarantine strong and feeling some sense of unity in the fact that we were all doing the same thing to try to protect our society. While that was challenging, it seemed like the feeling of togetherness and time limited nature of our perception of the situation helped some of us cope with it.
Now that we are well into August and continuing to live very different lives than we did pre-pandemic, I wanted to give us all an opportunity to take stock of how we are doing and what we might need to do to help ourselves continue on during this time.
I have observed many of my clients and friends and family members struggling with similar things. One of which is the fact that this seems like it is going to last a long time. While many of us have gotten our lives to a place where they are slightly manageable (for us daycare was a game changer and for other families we know, involving family or nannies, or having a parent reduce work hours has helped too) - they are still not the most enjoyable at times.
While I’m not sure I can promise that my thoughts or suggestions can make living through a global pandemic FUN, I do think that there are ways we can work through this difficult time more effectively.
I truly hope that it is helpful for you to check in with yourself to gauge how you and your family are doing during this time in our world. What would you like to be doing more of? What is it about the pandemic that is difficult for you and how can we manage those feelings? While I tend not to be a person who enjoys journaling, I obviously enjoy blogging and use this space to help me process the world. Perhaps you would like to blog or journal as well!
If you or your loved ones are struggling, as so many of us are, you are not alone. Please reach out to us at Thrive if we can help support you in any way!
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