Living Through A Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has rocked our world globally. If you are not a healthcare worker or another type of essential business, you most likely have been working remotely, placed on furlough, or have lost your job.

This is not only a major health crisis but also an economic crisis. Our entire way of life has been impacted. In a matter of moments, much of our day-to-day operations have shifted to a new virtual reality. The only people that we are coming in physical contact with are most likely the people we live with. Everyone else must keep 6 feet away.

When we start to venture out, I am 99% positive that we will think twice about shaking someone’s hand or giving someone a hug. Our entire mindset is different now. We will be keenly aware of other people’s hygiene habits and wonder if they really washed their hands as well as they should.

How are you coping with our “new normal”?
Are you ready to venture out?
What are you feeling?
What are you doing?

If you aren’t journaling your thoughts and feelings, I encourage you to do so. Journaling can be very therapeutic. It can be your own personal catharsis where you release all your repressed thoughts and feelings.

Maybe you are angry about the entire COVID-19 experience and how it has impacted your life. Write about your anger… let it out.

Perhaps you are glad for a slower time. I’m sure you don’t wish any ill will on anyone but maybe being able to work from home has allowed you to get more sleep or eat meals with your family instead of sitting in traffic or rushing around at the office. Write about how this slower time has helped you reconnect with your family and write about what you are grateful for.

Maybe you secretly have hated your job and would never have had the courage to leave if you hadn’t gotten laid off. Now that you aren’t dreading going into work every day, you realize that you have other opportunities that you can pursue. Write about what your dream job would be and the steps you will take to make it happen.

Or, maybe life hasn’t changed all that much for you because you are a stay-at-home mom and all your kids are preschool age. The only thing different now for you and them is that you can’t go to the playground. Write about what is happening in the world around you so that when your kids are older, you can share what life was like. Maybe even be creative and put together a collage of newspaper clippings so that your kids can see what they lived through.

This COVID-19 health crisis has impacted everyone. How has it impacted you?

I journal every morning and every night. It only takes about 15-30 minutes. If you have never journaled, this may seem like a lot of time. I imagine that some of you may be asking Why would anyone want to waste so much time writing?

For me, it’s not wasted time. In the morning, my journal time is a daily devotion. I read my Bible and I take the lesson I learn from the scriptures and apply it to how I want to live my life that day. I plan out my day and choose what I want to focus on or what tasks that I must complete that day. In the evening, I reflect back on what I accomplished for the day and what I could have done better. I journal about my experience. It helps me get rid of worry and stress so that I can sleep better.

I encourage you to journal your journey. Only you are living your experience. Writing about your experience, your thoughts, and your feelings doesn’t mean that you have to share your journey with anyone. This is something that you are doing for yourself so that years from now you can look back and remember that you lived through a crisis. You made it and you have a record of it to prove it.


Happy Writing,
Dr. Jeanette


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