Maggie Jobson

30 March 2020

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Coronavirus and the “New Normal”

We are in the midst of a “new normal.” This “new normal” is different for all of us. I have spoken with clients who enjoy a slower pace and some who are struggling with isolation.

 

Right now when we have more time on our hands it may be a good practice to check in with yourself to discover both what you are feeling and what you may be needing.

 

How do you do this?

 

Start with tuning into your body and asking the simple question, “what is going on with me right now?”

 

Then just notice what you feel. How does your body feel? Are your shoulders tense? Is your stomach in knots? Does your head feel heavy? Just notice.

 

Then begin to wonder about what you are feeling. Do you feel a sense of sadness? Are you anxious? Angry? Serene? Just be curious.

 

Try to name what you are feeling.

 

Once you have noticed and been curious about your emotions, gently ask yourself, “in light of what I have just noticed, what do I need?”

 

You may need a FaceTime call with a friend or family member. Or you may need a walk in the neighborhood. You may need to have a dance party in the living room or a game night with your kids. Experiment with different ways to meet your needs. We aren’t all the same, and so what we need may not be what someone else may suggest. It is important to listen to yourself.

 

Many of you may be feeling anxious about the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus. That’s okay. Just acknowledge it but also remind yourself that you can only do what you can do. Notice your feelings, learn from them, and tend to yourself. This will make you a more stable and serene person for those around you. Accept the things you cannot change and change the things you can. This too shall pass, but for now, it’s okay just to be.

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