There is something counterintuitive about growing into who we are during a global pandemic. A part of us feels guilty thinking about doing well and feeling good when the rest of the world is struggling, and those close to us are having a hard time.

Thriving in the Face of a Pandemic - Carole Blackburn - Life and Wellness Coach

Thriving in the Face of a Pandemic

There is something counterintuitive about growing into who we are during a global pandemic. A part of us feels guilty thinking about actually doing well and feeling good when the rest of the world is struggling, and even those close to us are having a hard time.

Your Life Has Been Impacted

The media is reminding us that we are in despair and we feel like we need to be in despair too.

Don’t get me wrong, I have so much compassion for what is happening in our world today. My heart breaks when I hear stories of loss. When local businesses are closed down. Watching our children missing out on the importance of in-person education and socialization. My friends and family are tired and weary from the long journey.

So much has happened since the start of the pandemic, March 2020. Just as it has shaped the landscape of our homes and communities, it has also shaped who we are as human beings.

We have been living with innumerable changes in a short period of time. That in itself can produce higher levels of anxiety. Our family dynamic has shifted. We have been forced to manage home-work-school-isolation. No matter who you are, your life has been impacted.

Truth be told, I probably hit my lowest point in April of 2020. The harsh reality of what was happening and how the pandemic immediately impacted my family was right in my face. Just like you, fear and grief hit me.

It Takes Courage to Look at the Future With Hope

It wasn’t until I realized that I needed to get back to that place where I was hopeful and took care of myself the best way I knew how, that I could make an impact on the world around me.

I needed to be strong and have the energy to navigate through strange times. But in order for me to do that, I had to build up my health: physical, mental and emotional.

We cannot control many circumstances that we encounter in our lives, but we do have a choice in how we respond. We can make small differences every day to better the world we live in, and the people around who are connected to us.

The terms THRIVE and THRIVING feel like such monumental shifts that create significant changes. However, if we take away the big, bold, earthshaking attachment we have with the meaning, we can simplify it by asking ourselves “Can I come out of adversity stronger than I went in?”

The answer to that question, I can honestly say, is YES!

Choosing growth, healing, and taking action in your life is a courageous step. Mostly because you would be looking inward to reflect on how you can elevate yourself with compassion and self-love. Both of which can be difficult, based on my experience as a Coach and what I hear from my clients.

Where Does it All Begin?

We may not understand how we can change our circumstances just by ensuring our personal self-care is taken care of. But the truth of it is we cannot have an impact on our lives, and those who are directly affected by us, until we look after ourselves in MIND, BODY and SOUL.

When you understand what your needs are, you can begin to create the habits to support your personal care. You can shift your perspective to see the goodness that is right in front of you. Embrace hope of a brighter future, and dare to imagine who you want to continue to grow into!

Begin with the small changes that feel right to you. How your energy is spent in a day, and how you can nurture yourself through challenging times. Look after yourself. You will see the benefits just by making subtle shifts. Each step you take leads to creating a life that is filled with peace and joy.

Use tools such as meditation, journaling, positive affirmations, and movement to help you reach the levels of personal wellness that you need. Set aside time each day for your personal care and wellness practices before you take on your responsibilities. As you gain momentum and build those small but very impactful changes in your life, you will have increased energy and, yes, even THRIVE!

Know that you are enough and that everything you do on any given day matters.

Looking for a little support to get you started? I invite you to a free consultation that will help you on your path to self-care and thriving through the pandemic. Use this link to book your free, no-obligation consultation today: Let’s Chat

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