No matter what, keep doing what you're doing
As the province reverts back to Stage 2 here in Ontario and Toronto goes back to lockdown for the second wave, people (including myself) have been anxious of the unknown because cases have been rising up consistently. Not to undermine what is happening (which is the COVID19 pandemic) but just a reminder, we have already gone through this the first time round and surely we will become better the second time in handling this pandemic. Although there will be unforeseen circumstances, we have to know that this too shall pass and we will all be victorious when all this is over.
How can I be confident in this, you say? Well, it's because I've gone through so much in my life already that it's innate in me to be optimistic when there is a crisis. I'm wired to be that way after years of trauma from my anxiety and depression episodes that this year when this pandemic happened, it was a wake up call for me to become better than my condition and to help those who are going through the same experience that I had. Althroughout quarantine, I gotta say my mental health was challenged but I've gone through worse, that's why I was able to be consistent with becoming my best self and not succumb to my mental illness despite these challenges. With this, I want to impart to you tips on how to coast through a crisis by becoming resilient.
1. Know that you'll be okay
The first step to overcoming feelings of anxiety of the unknown or when facing a crisis is knowing that the end result is, you'll be okay. What you're thinking in your head usually isn't going to happen, with exceptions of being sick of a physical illness then there are treatments for that, but what I am referring to here is mentally when you are anxious you are thinking of something that isn't going to be true. When this happens, take a deep breath and exhale while thinking that you're alright. Chances are, things will get better and you'll definitely become better.
Meditating really helps ease your mind. If you're a christian like me, I read the Bible and passages to increase my faith and I become at peace. Do yoga or read a book, listen to a podcast or better yet listen to calming music/ your favorite songs, anything to rest your mind and be in a trance state. It's both good for your mind and body and helps you become more self aware to plan out your next moves and activities. I personally read passages after I wake up when I am drinking coffee, it sets me up for the day and I become productive.
3. Ask for advice and guide from mentors/ professionals or people who have gone through the same experiences
Don't be shy to ask for help. That's what I've learned all these years, to be confident to ask for guidance when you don't know what you're doing. Eventually, you'll get the hang of it when you practice what they advised you on. Like for me, I asked help from an influencer who is an athlete (shoutout to Marc Sean, ily tysm! :* <3) he told me to study anatomy to help with my fitness and now I am reaping the benefits of my hardwork, though I still have a long way to go in terms of the body that I want to have, this headstart paved way to better things for me. You should do it too, it doesn't hurt to try to ask.
4. Keep doing what you're doing, no matter what
Lastly, being resilient is being persistent in doing things that are good for you, for your life, mind, soul, and body. Don't forget to take care of yourself, it's not selfish, it's part of loving this only one body that you have been given. You only live once, but if you're doing it the right way you'll have plenty of chances to live a life you always wanted to have. During this pandemic, it's important to take care of yourself, and I don't mean just relaxing baths, online shopping sprees or scented candles, dig deeper. Work out, finish making that book, finish reading that book, improve your presentation/ communication skills, make that arts and crafts, sew an outfit, anything that could make yourself become your very best. You're doing this not for anyone else, but for you.
So that's it friends, always remember, when the going gets tough, the tough gets going. No matter what, do what you love to do and eventually you'll get to where you need to be.
Love and light,