How To Become Your Best Version In Times Of...

How To Become Your Best Version In Times Of Covid-19?

 “Man discovers himself when he measures himself against an obstacle” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


How could you learn from the COVID-19 crisis and see it as an opportunity for personal growth?

At first glance, you will probably tell me:

"No way, Roxana!"

The current pandemic is affecting the lives of almost everyone and has forced us to face a world that today we perceive as constantly changing, unknown, unpredictable, and uncomfortable. This situation provokes a number of unpleasant emotions in us, including fear, worry, doubt, and frustration. In addition, it disturbs our confidence in ourselves and in everything around us.

Although we still do not know exactly what the true impact will be, there are some signs that are evident, such as the suspension of production and consumption and, therefore, of trade, as well as the movement of people, which has affected mainly to the tourism sector.

So how can I say that the COVID-19 crisis can be used as a way to grow as a person?

Let me explain to you. It is true that it is much deeper and more challenging than most of the adversities that we normally face in our daily lives. For that very reason, therein lies an incredible opportunity for us to use this great difficulty to become our best version.
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What Do We Understand by a Crisis?

We can all understand what a crisis is. In essence, it is a change in any aspect of reality. It is a situation out of control that takes place due to the impact of a disaster, natural or man-made, and can affect us as a person, a group, an institution, or even an entire country or region.

As individuals, almost all of us have been through it. Being in a critical situation is facing something that affects us deeply and that we do not know how to solve. When we cannot respond with the resources we have, a state of "disorganization" can be generated in which it is necessary to find other more effective ways to solve problems.

How Do Crises Affect Your Economic, Physical, and Mental Well-Being?

Beyond the negative impact of a traditional economic downturn, COVID-19 presents additional challenges: fear of the virus itself, collective grief, social distancing, and isolation, compounding the impact on our collective psyche.

Daily news of infections and deaths around the world heightens our anxiety and, in cases of personal loss, makes us sad. There is uncertainty about tomorrow, about the health and safety of our families, friends, and loved ones; and about our ability to live the life we want.

This confluence of factors poses an unprecedented threat to the current and future health of our society. The World Health Organization has noted in this fact sheet, that depression and anxiety cost the global economy an estimated $1 trillion per year in lost productivity.

Against this background, what matters is how we interpret and respond to the difficulties and challenges we face. For this reason, I have prepared this article in which I share 9 lessons that will help you recover faster in times of crisis.
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9 Lessons to Learn From The Crisis and Start Improving Your Life Today


1. Put your current situation in perspective

Three questions to ask yourself that can help you address these issues during the pandemic and bring back a deeper sense of the meaning of your life:

1.    What is giving you a sense of purpose right now? Is it the education of your children, some kind of service to your community, or perhaps your business?
Find a way to commit to this purpose, even if you're just educating yourself on a topic while confined to your home.

1.    How can you connect with people even if you can't see them in person?
Practice writing a daily list of three people you care about and communicate with them via email, phone, or video call.

2.    Who can be a kind of “accountability partner” for you to help you create more structure in your life? Do you have a friend who, like you, has set a new goal or built a new habit?
If not, think about how to find people with similar challenges to yours or those who can help you to foster healthy habits, along with a daily structure that helps you be more productive.

2. Learn what resilience is and how you can develop it

"If it is not in your hands to change a situation that causes you pain, you can always choose the attitude with which you face that suffering" - Viktor Frankl

Resilience is defined as the ability to adapt in the face of trauma or tragedy, threat, or other significant sources of stress.

Some of the most characteristic traits are the ability to see changes as a challenge or an opportunity; the recognition of the limits that have to control things; personal or collective objectives; a sense of humor; an action-oriented approach; patience; adaptability to change and optimism.

Resilience is quite a complex concept because it is likely that a person can be very resilient in the workplace but not so much in their personal life or relationships. In other words, it is relative and depends on the situation. It can also change over time, depending on its interactions and the environment around it.

It's natural to have a tendency to try to control everything, but there are things you can't control in life. After all, everything in life is about balance. Life isn't always easy, but it shouldn't always be difficult either. Learning to let go and adapt to change and adversity can really help you create a new mindset and build more resilience along the way.

Surely you ask yourself, can I learn to be more resilient?
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While some people seem naturally resilient, these behaviors can also be learned, although building resilience is a very personal process. Each of us reacts differently to stress and trauma. Some people recover quickly, while for others it tends to take longer. There is no magic formula. What works well for one person may not necessarily work for another, which is why learning multiple tools is critical, because the more you learn about resilience, the more potential there is to integrate these concepts into different areas of your life. Here are some of the techniques you can focus on to encourage your own resilience:

•    Have the ability to make realistic plans
•    Being able to carry out those plans.
•    Manage your emotions in a healthy way.
•    Develop good communication skills.
•    Have confidence in your strengths and ability to solve problems.

Resilience is a skill that can be cultivated and nurtured, it is learning to see situations differently and find the positive side of them. The more you participate in this process, the more resilient you will be overall.

3. Recognize the ability to make changes in your life

The concept of change can be unsettling. Many people would prefer to avoid changes, no matter how big or small. However, if you can identify areas in your life that you are dissatisfied with or need further development, being able to change your focus is what will allow you to become the person you want to be. Remember that you are the boss of your life and a large part of the change comes from within.

But as I was saying in the previous point, there are some changes that we cannot control. Circumstances and external changes will teach you something new, make you more flexible, and give you experience and the drive to move forward. The key is to grow from the challenges that life throws at you.

The change will happen in your life anyway, so take advantage of it to move towards a happier lifestyle.

4. Do not procrastinate in preparing for a new scenario


If procrastinating isn't about laziness, what is it?

Etymologically, "procrastination" derives from the Latin verb procrastinare, which means to postpone until tomorrow. But it's more than just voluntarily delaying something. Procrastination is also derived from the ancient Greek word akrasia: to do something against our better judgment.

When we procrastinate, we are not only aware that we are avoiding the task at hand, but that doing so is probably a bad idea. And yet we do it anyway.

Procrastination is not a character flaw or a mysterious curse on your ability to manage time, but a way of dealing with challenging emotions and negative moods that certain tasks cause us: boredom, anxiety, insecurity, frustration, resentment, self-doubt. . That is, it is more a problem of emotional regulation than of time management.

Do you want to know more about procrastination and how to deal with it? Take a look at this article.
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5. Coexist with uncertainty

Uncertainty is the biggest psychological challenge we are facing as individuals and as a society during the COVID-19 crisis. There are many unanswered questions about the impact it will have on our lives. This makes facing this crisis so overwhelming.

We live in uncertain times. VUCA times. Our life has drastically changed and continues to do so day by day and carries the threat of infection, loss of life, and financial survival. We still do not know the final impact on the economy.

We are constantly changing. Having flexible and creative thinking will prepare you to respond to new challenges. In his book, Man's Search for Meaning, Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl reminds us that the people who find meaning in their everyday lives are the ones who will survive difficult circumstances. Therefore, it is important to rebuild routines and rituals in this new context, instead of giving them up. Routines bring structure to our lives, they help connect us with meaning.

6. Reevaluate your lifestyle

Lifestyle is formed in specific geographical, economic, and cultural contexts, refers to the characteristics of the inhabitants of a region at a special time and place, and includes the daily behavior and all activities of people.

The way we live our lives has a huge impact on our health and well-being. Therefore, bad choices, such as smoking, excessive use of alcohol, poor diet, and lack of physical activity are key factors in the development of diseases.

Although healthy behaviors are encouraged, many people are not adequately prepared to begin or maintain these changes. Although the majority – despite understanding what a healthy lifestyle means – do not know how to carry out a change in habits that can be sustained over time, it is possible to make healthy modifications with the help of specialists who advise on aspects such as nutrition, physical training or stress management techniques.

7. Invest in your own development and learning

You may be wondering what to do with all the extra time at home. Instead of getting lost in the sea of scary news and social media posts, turn your attention to the basics: learn new professional skills, access resources available online, now is the time to get ahead and reinforce your knowledge, which will help you to get better at what you do.
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8. Be part of a collaborative community

In difficult times, communities can become a lifeline for people. We rely on those around us for support, guidance, information, and empathy. One of the biggest challenges has been social distancing and giving up the community in person. But thanks to digital development, we can maintain and grow social ties, even while physically quarantined and isolated.

The community, in essence, is a group of interconnected people who communicate and relate to each other. When many of us think of our communities, we think of neighbors meeting at a local business, friends gathering for a shared meal, and colleagues working together on common challenges. The community may look different online, but its essence is the same. People can connect within large groups, connect individually with other community members, and even work together to learn a new skill or discuss a common challenge.

9. Rearrange your life

With the pandemic news filtering everywhere, and many of the things we enjoy in life canceled: sports, travel, socializing with friends and family, many of us have realized that it can still be enjoyed while we are at home.

Now is the time to pay attention to those things that remained on our “someday” list, and to recalibrate, refocus, and reconnect with who and what we truly value in our lives.

Conclusion

In times of crisis, like the ones we are experiencing now (although things are much better today), this tendency is exacerbated and the mind can become even more hooked by obsessive thinking, as well as by feelings of fear and helplessness.

When your mind gets stuck in this state, a chain reaction begins. Fear begins to narrow your field of vision, and it becomes more difficult to see the bigger picture and the positive and creative possibilities that you have.

For this reason, it is possible to see the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to become a better version of yourself. You can learn from the crisis and better manage all the challenges that come your way, and cushion their impact on your day-to-day life.

In other words, don't let this situation take control, rather accept that it's part of your life (for the moment), but don't make it live itself.

Have you considered actions to take advantage of this situation we are experiencing? Would you like to improve aspects of your life?

Tell me in the comments, what are your plans.
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Roxana 🤗👋

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