My Journey of Catastrophe and Resilience During COVID19 and One Thing That is Helping
I have not shared much about how I've been dealing with my own setbacks during this pandemic, but today I wanted to do just that.
March 8 - My mother-in-law passed away from other health complications (NOT COVID related). We knew she was going to leave us, but any loss is difficult. I had a great relationship with her and in fact, she helped me with my speaking profession by paying for my first venture.
March 13 - Her funeral, but also the mass gathering restrictions come into place in Alberta, Canada.
March 20 - While grieving we also have to make decisions about closing our wellness centre to protect our clients and ourselves. We lay off our staff temporarily.
You may or may not know this about me - I work parttime in public health! I love it because it gives me great satisfaction knowing that I'm making a difference in someone's life by ensuring protection of their health (safe housing, safe food, safe water, etc).
Since March 16 up to now, my role in public health (and dealing with our business finances) has been OVERWHELMING.
The month of March feels like I've been plucked from one stressful situation to another that affects all areas of my life - personal, business, financial and career.
Don't get me wrong - I'm not complaining. I'm letting you know that you are not alone. This pandemic is affecting everyone in a different way.
How are you dealing with this, Zaheen?.... You may ask.
The one thing (well, actually two things) that really helps:
- Whenever my mind turns towards negative or catastrophic thoughts, I become aware of that and I consciously turn my thoughts to that of gratitude Moreover, I overturn or eliminate those negative thoughts by arguing the opposite.
- Telling myself that that there's hope - this will end at some point. Putting my focus on things I love doing. For example, I've been getting lots of interview requests for podcast and webinars because people want to know how to deal with chaos. Here's one I really enjoyed doing with Thrive.Connect.Contribute Podcast - have a listen, please.
How are you coping? Let me know in the comments below.