Holy cow there is nothing to do. You probably hear this or something like this a lot nowadays with the current state of the world. Everything from weddings to family vacays looks completely different now than it did a year ago or if they happen, they aren’t exactly like you planned. I am there with you, seeing as I also have a wedding coming up myself, I get it.

2020 has sucked so far and I wish it could it could be erased from the calendar year.

Despite the previous sentence being one of my sentiments I still ask myself from time to time; does 2020 have to be a total loss? Or in other words, what wins can I still gain from this year. Or what skills can I gain?

It’s understandable if you automatically think, is this guy nuts?

We are in the midst of a pandemic that’s causing all sorts of shifts and confusion and he’s asking about gains! I get that, I hear you. But maybe this is the time in which you get to hear yourself. And some of us more than others, I mean, right, I am no parent so it’s easier said than done. Nonetheless, if you are a part of a family unit, maybe it’s time to re-shift everyone’s focus. What better time to teach you and your loved ones ways to incorporate mindfulness into your daily lives than when everything is a bit slower than usual. Take advantage of the current state, play more board games, walks, heck even listen to podcasts together.

If not for others around you then do it for yourself.

Some of us are extroverts and thrive from social energy, but my belief is that you can’t give 100% if you’re not 100%. Maybe the lesson from this pandemic thing is it is okay to unplug sometime and focus on the self.

It is okay.

You hear that?

That is reassurance.

Confidence

Adaptability

All that jazz…

Each one of us is going to come out on the other side of this changed, but that doesn’t have to be negative.

I don’t know about you but I accept the challenge. I accept the challenge of learning how to sustain in unbelievable circumstances, the challenge of growth, and the challenge of just plain old life. There is no manual to this thing, but I know in times like these we wish there were. But look at the history.

Humans have sustained wars, other pandemics, and pretty much basically an extinction. We got this. YOU got this.

I’m not giving you some pep talk spiel, or I hope it doesn’t seem that way. I am more so challenging you. To do what exactly? Be more mindful. Increase your experience and knowledge of yourself and your reaction to the world. Then once you master that, teach others. And no, it doesn’t have to be yoga, it can be anything you want, but learn something. You only get one you, so it is important we get to know yourself better than anything or anyone else. You’ve made it this far in this pandemic-monium. I have too, but throughout this I have made sure to utilize all this free time to think about me and do a whole lot of self building. For everyone, that is different; however, it is necessary for all.

See you guys on the other side of this.

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Mindfulness: how it can help amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Written by: Ricky Cooper, PLPC

african american counselor

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