I wrote in my journal a few days ago, “The COVID-19 problem has reinvented our lifestyles. Too much has changed. How are we coping?” Maybe the answer lies in adopting a different perspective. We can change the way we think in order to adjust to change.

The pandemic has thrust us into a new world. Confined to the walls of our homes, we are distant from friends and family. Some of us have lost our jobs, while others are adjusting to new ways of working. Children cannot go to schools, parks, or libraries. Adults are juggling multiple roles at home—spouse, parent, employee, teacher, and so on.

Yes, too much has changed. This global health crisis has overturned our lives. Like a tortoise on its back, we feel helpless, eager to flip back to normal.

I am an immigrant who has experienced a lot of change. Moving from India to America transformed my life. Not only that, I’ve moved across six cities within the US in the past twelve years. Yet, I do not always welcome change with a wide smile and open arms.

Change Perspective

Being stranded at home for a long period of time is stressful. Here are three thoughts that are helping me get through this difficult phase:

  1. I am not alone – Rich, poor, black, white, old, and young are going through the same struggle. The pandemic has altered people’s lives all over the world. There is solidarity in our shared suffering.
  2. See the big picture – Social distancing can be toxic to our emotional health. But this change is necessary for the situation to get better. We are contributing to the containment of the virus by staying at home.
  3. This is temporary – The shutdown may last a few weeks, or worse, maybe two to three months. It will not last forever. This ordeal will end soon.

Changing our mindset can go a long way in helping us adjust to change.

This post was written in response to a weekly word prompt given by Five Minute Friday.

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