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You’ve heard it before: but here’s a reminder, Kintsugi.
Our daily lives have abruptly taken a shift. Some people are now settling into their new routines and are finding comfort in their new norm; however, others find themselves in a difficult position struggling with anxiety, fatigue, grief, frustration, and isolation. The journey to our new normal has been and will continue, to present us with a wide range of emotions and experiences.
You’ve heard it before, but I want to remind you:
The Covid crisis is unlike anything we have ever experienced before, so it is normal to have these feelings of fear, stress or sadness. This situation is uncertain and unpleasant but also temporary and will continually change. Seek help and support if you need it, be kind to yourself and always remember, you are not alone.
Looking after your mind, body, and soul comes first, therefore, make self-care a priority. Eating healthy, well-balanced food, exercising regularly, and getting adequate sleep makes all the difference. Setting a routine that works for you can be helpful, and amongst that, be sure to create some time for yourself and tap into an activity you enjoy.
Without social interactions provided by going into the office, working from home can feel lonely, isolating, and stressful. Take regular breaks and make time to unwind. Having lunch or going on a walk with friends or family are great ways to maintain connection.
Adjustment is a process that looks different for most people. This process is not precise or well-defined. Focus on what is in your control and let go of things that are not.
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories. It’s good to be informed but hearing about the pandemic constantly can be just… frustrating/depressing.
Kintsugi; it means ‘to join with gold’, which is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold. This is built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.
May this process of healing and adjusting teach us an important lesson: sometimes in the process of repairing things that have damaged, we create something more unique, beautiful, and strong.
Remember that you aren’t alone in the adjustment process. My wish for you is that you have found some peace in the chaos and have learned something about yourself and the world around you.
If you connected with Alisha’s thoughts on this article, please feel free to get in touch – she may just be the person to help you.