Like much of the world, I have slowed down. After all…when was the last time my blog actually had a new blog post? Jokes aside, like much of the world, I have also been blown away by the impact of the COVID-19 and how clearly it has shown the interconnection and interdependence of nations, big and small, of our world. When I turn on the news, I feel like the world is in a science fiction movie or novel that needs to hurry up and get to its conclusion!
Here in the Turks and Caicos Islands, we have been only in a few days of complete lock-down, but we have certainly not been immune to the constant media messages and daily realities of the effects of this Coronavirus worldwide.
Apart from staying home, and doing our part to follow guidelines, we cannot control what is happening around us in the outside world. So, during this time, if you can shift your focus to your inside world - your mindset, you can strengthen your resilience and your ability to cope with these uncertain times.
During a crisis, gratitude becomes very important. It helps us cope with hard times. During a crisis, gratitude doesn’t necessarily come easy, but when we incorporate an active practice of gratitude, it helps us to reframe and focus on the elements of our reality that we do have control over vs. those we don’t. Having an active practice of gratitude requires us to be intentional and disciplined. It is easy to have an attitude of gratitude that floats in and out based on how we feel in the moment, but when we add an intentional, structured practice, it can serve as a stabilizer and regulator.
Before I get to incorporating a practice, let’s discuss feelings. Feeling grateful and being grateful are two different things. We don’t have control over our emotions. We feel how we feel. We DO have control over our choices though and being grateful is a choice. When we incorporate practices into our daily lives that focus on being grateful or practising gratitude, it certainly impacts the way we feel. It impacts the way we see the world and it frames our perspective, which has influence on our daily emotions. During this time, know that it is okay to feel how you feel. If you feel frustrated or anxious…this is how you feel. You now need to look at how you want to ‘be’ during this time.
Taking the time to have an active practice of gratitude, helps you to focus on how you want to ‘be’ during this time. Here are 3 ways to incorporate a practice of gratitude into your day.
Stay home and stay safe.
Shifting Perspectives is a weekly conversation with Yolande. Yolande, a Canadian of Caribbean descent, now calls the Turks and Caicos Islands home and in this podcast challenges Caribbean woman worldwide to fuel themselves with diversity in the way they think, the way they work, the way they parent and the way they live.