The 19 Potential GIFTS of the Pandemic & the Top 29 Tips to Help You Get Through It
If you have been through enough hardship in your life up to now then you know that hardship and problems offer you potential gifts depending on how you deal with the hardship or problems. I can just imagine some of you rolling your eyes, scoffing, or otherwise reacting in disbelief. Yet, as someone who has weathered a ton of hardship in life, I can assure you that this pandemic offers you 19 potential gifts. While you are welcome to skip to that list, I hope that you will consider reading what I am providing in between here and there – because some of that is absolutely for YOU! Nobody likes this pandemic. Nobody likes dealing with hardship. It’s not fun.
You might be feeling helpless and out of control. You might be filled with worry, fear, panic, anger, resentment, depression and anxiety. I completely understand and quite frankly that is reasonable given the circumstances. Most people simply were not prepared for what has happened. What I know from dealing with tremendous hardship, which I would say more about if it was not dangerous for me to do so, is that hardship has the potential to either break us and make us bitter or it has the potential to help us be more resilient, more focused and energized, and better people all around. At least that is my take on hardship with all the experience I have with it. My desire is to help you get through this and come out the other side with a better life. I believe with all of my heart that is possible for you – if you are willing to entertain that possibility.
If you are new to my blog, I picked the title, Love.Life.™, because I am a fan of LOVE and all things related to LOVE. I am also a firm believer that if you are going to LOVE LIFE then that means being able to LOVE and appreciate all aspects of life including hardship, troubles and problems. I don’t mean that I love it when I have a problem or a hardship. But I have the skills and abilities to deal with the troubles, problems and hardships that life brings to me. I chose my title because to be powerful and effective in LIFE – you have to be able to deal with all of it. The content of my blog posts are all about the habits, practices, skills and attitudes necessary to have a LIFE that you LOVE – even during horrible times. This pandemic brings a whole host of new issues and problems to the forefront of life. We are in a position that we have never had to deal with before on this level. It is an opportunity for us to bring LOVE to the center of LIFE and grow and develop.
How you deal with hardship or big problems depends on a variety of things including the coping mechanisms or strategies that you use in daily living, how you deal with your emotions, your emotional quotient or emotional intelligence, your beliefs and attitudes in and about life, your religious beliefs, and the choices that you make. If you didn’t have great coping mechanisms or strategies in life prior to the pandemic, then it is extremely likely that you might be hard hit by the pandemic. Not to worry – it’s never too late to start to develop strong and healthy coping mechanisms or strategies for life. Hint: Most of my blog posts deal with either directly or indirectly having strong coping mechanisms and strategies so there is over 150 pages of free help on that.
How are you dealing with your emotions? How high is your emotional intelligence (EI) or emotional quotient (EQ)? The higher your emotional intelligence or quotient was prior to the pandemic, the easier this will be for you. Don’t worry if you don’t know what emotional intelligence or emotional quotient is – I have written a blog post devoted to EI/EQ because it is so important. It is titled Top 17 Benefits to High Emotional Intelligence and Why It’s Important, October 25, 2019. If I can be frank, we are not living in a society or a world where people are really great in dealing with their emotions. We mostly are not trained in how to manage, process and deal with our emotions. The better you are at this – the easier life will be for you now during the pandemic and afterward. My last blog post titled The ONE Coronavirus Article That Could Change Your Life for the Better Forever, March 24, 2020, was all about dealing with this topic.
Let’s talk about the choices you can make as a result of the pandemic. This is my view on choices:
Before I get into the 19 potential gifts from the pandemic, let me address the issue of money and the financial impact of the pandemic, which is beyond belief. While it remains to be seen at this moment in time how things will play out, there is no doubt that the pandemic will have a crushing impact on the economy and the financial stability of individuals, families, businesses and organizations and entire countries. We will get through it. History has shown that when there is a tragedy, a catastrophic loss, a war, a terrorist attack, or mass genocide – we always get through it. The current pandemic might mean that you will have to go into debt to survive it financially. You might have to borrow money. You might have to change how and what you spend money on. You might have to change your financial plan moving forward. If you have food, shelter and the basic necessities – you could be grateful. Not everyone has that. If you have an abundance of money or assets – this could be your time to be compassionately generous with people you love or strangers. Miracles happen frequently out of the worst of times. Just hang in there because things have a way of working out. And you play a big role in how that goes.
The 19 Potential Gifts of the Pandemic
Life is changing. How things will end up remains to be answered. What is clear is that we are up against it. We are in a group trauma. Not everyone is experiencing a trauma, but a very large percentage of the world is in a trauma right now. It is hard. It is going to be hard – for a while. And in the midst of this time of difficulty – there are plenty of things that can be done to help you get through each day.
Top 29 Tips to Help You Get Through It
With a few rare exceptions, most hardship or difficulties in life offer you potential gifts if you are open to them. How you react to hardship or difficulties can make you a better person and your life much richer and more powerful. That might not be how you are used to handling or dealing with hardship. I promise you as a trauma expert and someone who learned a long time ago how to have strong coping skills, habits and practices – you can not only get through this pandemic, but you can flourish. That might not seem possible to you now. I am asking you to trust me and have some faith.
You have choices that you might not recognize when hard times arrive on your doorstep. You make choices whether you are aware of that fact or not. I should say that if you are seriously depressed or considering suicide, please call 911, or your local or the national suicide hotline. Please tell someone. Your life matters. Also, I am not a therapist in any way nor a medical professional, therefore this is not medical advice but simply suggestions from a trauma expert who has a degree in the school of hard knocks.
How can I help you get through this pandemic with a more powerful and happy life? What do you need? The whole point of my blog is to help my beloved readers to live a LIFE that they LOVE. It is about developing the skills, habits, practices, attitudes and beliefs that provide you with a powerful life full of love. I know how hard life can be as someone who is starting over in life at age 58 with pretty much nothing – unrelated to the pandemic. Trust me I know how painful this is for you right now. It breaks my heart that you and the world is experiencing this right now. I wish it was not so. But it is our new reality and how you deal with it will impact your life moving forward. Please let me know how I can support you during this time of hardship.
Lisa A. Lundy, B.S., DTM
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Author of The Love.Life. ™ Book (Due out July 2020)
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