It's hard to believe that this pandemic has lasted a whole year. For me, it officially started on March 13, 2020—Friday the 13th, very appropriate.
Now that we're at the anniversary point, try asking yourself, "What are some good things I have experienced during this time?" The world has experienced so much hardship, loss, and suffering—but there have also been bright spots. It's helpful to reflect on what's gone right, what we're grateful for, what we've learned, and what we can take forward into the future.
Living through a pandemic isn't easy, but you're doing it, and as far as we can tell, the hardest part is over. Spring is here, and it is much brighter than it was a year ago.
Instead of looking back that the past year and remembering the fear, anxiety, and stress, try listing ten wins. I call the good things that came out of living in this time corona-bonuses. :)
What were some wins for you? Big or small, size doesn't matter.
If you find it hard, start with your health or the health of those you love. If making your list feels easy, keep going!
Did you spend more time with your family? How did that impact your life? What good came out of that?
Did you learn anything new? Cooking at home for a year gave me a lot of time to experiment in the kitchen. I learned how to grow scallions from scraps, make delicious banana bread, and cook food I've never made before.
Did you learn or teach loved ones how to use technology to stay connected? I now video chat with family once a week. It's been such a joy to see them virtually and something we never did before. While it doesn't take the place of being together in person, it's helped us stay connected in a way I never thought possible. Perhaps you've done the impossible and taught your children how to attend school online!
Maybe you found some extra time to DIY something, renovate, or get organized.
Many people experienced changes in their careers. Did you get a new job or feel grateful for your current job? Perhaps you've decided that you want to do something different?
Maybe you gave more thought to your priorities and how you want to spend your time.
Soon this chapter of our lives is going to end. With millions of vaccines administered, lockdowns lifting, people going back to work, and children returning to schools, life is feeling a bit more normal.
Reflecting and identifying positive aspects can help us reframe our experiences and adjust our perspectives. Often this exercise leads to finding more wins/positives/gratitudes/corona-bonuses than we initially realized. This beautiful positive ripple effect makes us feel better about ourselves and our lives, and who doesn't want that?
Gratitude is the fastest, easiest way to feel good. Take few moments to give yourself this gift today. You deserve it!
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Michelle McCormick is the founder of Grateful Daily, a company based in Los Angeles that sells organic soy wax gratitude candles and thoughtful gifts. She's on a mission to live her best life and help others do the same, one day at a time