Here’s how to feel better in a crisis 

 July 10, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has radically changed our lives, and I don’t know anyone who isn’t fed up with it and wants to feel better. Just a few months ago, we had no idea our ‘world’ would be confined to our homes!

Although some areas of the world are starting to open up, we are still a long way off normality!

This crisis is a powerful reminder of how important freedom is – and how much we need human connection! Remember you are not alone. Because what is DIFFERENT here is that everyone is impacted! You may be fed up with lockdown but so is your neighbour, mum, boss and friends as well as your counterparts around the world.

When you can’t change the event, change your response!

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

Viktor E. Frankl

This is the challenge each of us must rise to! If we’re going to be stuck at home, we may as well make the most of it.

I’ll be frank, I struggled at the start of lockdown. I tried lots of my usual tools to feel better but without success. I’m an introvert, and I need space to recharge my batteries. My daughter has been travelling for the last 2 years but came home at the start of lockdown, and my son was living away from home with his job, and he came home too. My husband was furloughed too, so it meant I was trying to work from home in a house of 4 adults who were doing a lot of catching up.

Being grateful always helps us feel better

I was so grateful to have everyone under one roof, and I don’t know how I would have coped if I’d had to homeschool too. So despite knowing how lucky I was, I found not having time alone to recharge my batteries and do the things I usually do that help me feel better extremely difficult.

One of the things I always turn to when I’m struggling mentally that always makes me feel better is journaling. If you’re fed up with lockdown now is the perfect time to start journaling. Journaling isn’t just about keeping a record of your day; a journal can help you explore and sift through your feelings and experiences and learn from them. It’s a great way to get to know yourself.

Journal Prompts

Choose your favourite notebook, but the most important thing is just to get started. Here are some prompts to get started:

  • Today I am feeling _________. I think this is because __________.
  • One big thing I have learned during this crisis is _________.
  • I remember the last time I was stuck in the house _________.
  • One thing that’s surprised me recently is _________.
  • What matters most to me in life is _________.
  • Describe your ideal day _________.

If you need a little more help check out 30 days of wellbeing

Julia Harris

About the author

Julia Harris is The Upgrade Coach. She works with smart women who understand that the only thing holding them back from fulfilling their potential is the unhelpful thinking patterns keeping them trapped and the habits that they keep falling back into.

If you want to upgrade your life or business you start by upgrading your thoughts.

Julia Harris

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