“I have a sore throat,” he told me.
I looked at him, my mind immediately jumping to our plans for the coming weekend. Do we go or not go, do we go and stay away from everyone, do we go and wear masks but still socialize (carefully), do we make food or not, do we share food or not, should we message our friends right now or wait to see if he feels better…. And then the biggest and most important question - what if he gets really sick?
And just like that we are thrown into uncertainty, AGAIN.
This is such a weird time…COVID is still out there, people are still getting sick, there are no specific guidelines about what to do and what not to do, there is pressure from people to pick sides, social injustice is raging, war is raging... All of these situations leaving so many feeling confused, anxious and unsure of who and what to trust.
You aren’t locked down anymore but, in some ways, does it feel like you are more locked down than ever, paralyzed into inaction because it feels like you can’t count on anything? We are in a time of transition and the world is not through any of this yet, so what do we do in the meantime? How do you navigate this wildly unstable time you are living in?
I’m not sure.
And I have a few ideas that I would like to share, just in case it’s useful for any of you. I’ve been testing out a few ways to cope with anxiety, to calm the body and to get more comfortable with uncertainty and they seem to be working for me (and my test subjects!). It’s too much to explain here so I am pushing my comfort zone to going live on Facebook over the next six weeks!
You are welcome to join me every Thursday at 12:30 pm CT for a short talk about how we can cope with transitions. If you can’t join live, the recording will live on the Facebook page so you can go and check it out anytime that is convenient for you. Oh, and if you aren’t on Facebook, you can still visit my page – just click on this link and you’ll be able to see me live or watch the videos.
I’d love it if you can join me and maybe we can have a conversation, or I can answer some questions if you have any. Let’s spend some time together and maybe, just maybe we can navigate through this together!