Updated: Feb 1, 2021
The year 2020 was said to be the year of vision and promise. In January, the unexpected loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and seven other passengers in Calabasas, California sent shock waves around the world. By mid-March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Government buildings, churches, restaurants, malls, gyms, and local businesses shut down temporarily and a costantly extending shelter in place order demanded that citizens quarantine in their homes. Social unrest erupted in May 2020 due to the unjust death of George Floyd and other deaths at the hands of the police, like those of Breonna Taylor and Amaud Arbery ignited more unrest, protests, and demonstrations.
The combined impact of the events of 2020 has caused a need for increased mental health services. The loss of family members, friends, neighbors, and community leaders caused people to experience anxiety and fear at high rates. The unexpected change in our daily living situation has caused many to become depressed. How do we pick up the pieces and reposition after such a devastating year? Let us look at a few strategies to help R.E.P.O.S.I.T. I. O. N. and cope with change during unexpected moments.
R- Redefine your new normal.
Life may never be quite the same as before. You must be able to pivot and cope with your new reality. Create an exciting routine that embraces your new day-to-day.
E- Enact change.
Change starts with you. Avoid looking for external and systemic motivation when you haven't enacted change in your life.
P- Position yourself for excellence.
Determine what your non-negotiables are in life. List at least three non-negotiables and start raising your standard in life.
O- Organize your life.
Restore personal order in a world of disarray.Declutter your living area. Regain order so that you can restart the things that you have put off during the pandemic.
Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime with friends and family.Even though you may not see your loved ones in person due to gathering restrictions, you can still schedule time to visit your friends virtually.
I – Implement quality self-care.
Make it a habit to implement quality self-care. Schedule a weekly time to do something you enjoy, rediscover an old hobby, or add something indulgent to your weekly routine. You deserve it.
T- Train your brain to think positively.
Speak life into a negative situation. When you feel down, create a few positive affirmations to build yourself up. Start by saying, “Tomorrow will be a better day!”
I – Invest in yourself.
Whether you're reading, listening to your favorite podcast, or taking a new class it pays to learn something new. Take any of these free online classes or check out the free online learning at Harvard University.
O- Optimize your health.
Eat healthier. Take time to exercise. Go for a walk. Breathe deeply. Relax when you need to. Rest and recharge. Get a good night’s rest to replenish your energy. Make sure you relax and wind down each day before bed to ensure optimal health.
N-Never give up.
Though times may be difficult, keep a positive attitude. Things will turn around soon. Give yourself grace. You are doing the best that you can. Last year was a year of sudden change and loss. It takes time to recover and readjust to our new normal. You will have good days and bad days. Be honest about how you are feeling. Never be ashamed to reach out for help when you need it. Contact a mental health professional when you need extra support. Here are a few ways to cope with stress during a pandemic.
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