January 2020 seems like a lifetime ago. Back then, I asked you for ONE WORD to describe what you wanted to accomplish in the New Year. One little word to be your guiding light for all your hopes, dreams, goals and resolutions for the next 12 months.
Boy, did God/Life/Karma/the Universe have different plans for us. Ironically, for me …
My 2020 word is the same for managing COVID, but the meaning has drastically changed.
Originally, I meant it is as be FEARLESS, Marcy! Be BRAVE! Be BOLD! Go kick ass and take names!
Now, I mean it more as fear less. Stop being paralyzed, even amidst these turbulent times. Have more faith. Learn to be more comfortable with your discomfort.
That’s hard to do because COVID-19 has been life-changing for everyone. None of us have ever experienced a global pandemic before. The world is facing this disaster in real time together.
As of this writing, over 749,000 people have died worldwide from the Coronavirus, and the death rate is highest in the U.S. where I live, over 166,000. Millions have lost their jobs and have no way to pay their bills. Devastating doesn’t come close to describing their realities.
I know people firsthand who’ve contracted the disease, as well as those who have had loved ones die from it. They are heartbroken. Do not tell them this is a political hoax.
What is a FACT is that no country seemed fully prepared for the crisis. In the U.S., it has also turned into a debate between family, friends and strangers over masks, sheltering in place and so much more.
My family is taking this seriously because I care about you, and I would want you to do the same for me. We’re quarantining as much as possible, we wear masks out in public, social distance, wash our hands, and donate to causes when we can.
Your Stress is 100% Real
Regardless of your intellectual opinion about COVID-19, your nervous system (your brain + your body) thinks this is 100% real and is responding accordingly. Cutting-edge research shows your body has billions of nerve fibers. Billions.
Only 20% of your messaging goes from your brain to your body, while 80% of your messaging goes from your body to your brain.
That explains your possible undercurrents of anxiety, disrupted sleep, the inability to focus, loss of time, foggy brain, overeating or no appetite at all (not to mention other bad behaviors), as well as various physical aches and pains.
Maybe you’ve had low-grade to full-blown depression. This doesn’t even include tensions with family, friends and strangers over a host of topics.
Subconsciously, the thoughts beneath your thoughts are screaming, DANGER, WILL ROBINSON! DANGER!
This reminds me of my unraveling after our house fire in 2017. I didn’t understand why my body, thoughts and emotions seemed to be in full freakout mode. What I learned transformed me.
As promised, I wrote a book about it to help you understand your stress patterns. These coping strategies started long ago and are unique to you alone. That’s why keeping you feeling overwhelmed, stuck, lost, helpless or hopeless.
SkipJack Publishing will release When Life Feels like a House Fire – Understanding Your Stress this fall (exact date TBA). Stay tuned. In the meantime …
What’s Your One Word?
So, yes – life is hard right now. Yes, it’s scary. Yes, I wish this was over.
That doesn’t change reality.
What’s your ONE WORD for managing COVID-19? ONE WORD to guide you during all this uncertainty?
Don’t overthink it. You can change your word at any time, but RIGHT NOW, if you had to sum up managing your discomfort … what would it be?
If it helps, start with a phrase or topic, then whittle it down to find your word. I’m happy to help you brainstorm.
Please know that you’re not alone. We can get through this together.
What’s Your One Word for COVID? If need be, I’d love to help brainstorm. Please leave a comment.
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