The pandemic in 2020 has caused a lot of upheaval for millions of people worldwide. From education moving online to job loss to canceled vacations, it has seemed as though the losses have just continued to pile up. While the losses are real, there are ways to cope with this “new normal” and find balance, no matter what life continues to toss at you.

It’s okay to grieve what was lost

It’s absolutely normal to struggle with what “should” have been rather than what has actually happened. There is a grief to the way that things have changed and plans have been suspended; from changed employment to the loss of a loved one, there is a hole and grief is a healthy reaction to that. Ignoring the changes won’t help — if anything it will give you migraines — so take time to acknowledge what hurts about your situation. Once you’ve accomplished that, take some time to tend that wound. When cared for, it can heal.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness has become a catchall word, but what it really means is taking a moment to check in on yourself the way you might an old friend. Taking care to see what concerns are bubbling forward and what you aspire to instead of worrying about dishes in the sink can help you build a plan forward as well as care for yourself along the way. Find a comfortable place, a comfortable position, and give yourself a few minutes to focus on yourself, weeding out any mental clutter.

Take some time to tend to your space

Grief and housework don’t always go hand in hand, so as you begin to feel more like yourself, take some time to show your home some love, too. Our spaces typically reflect our minds, so organizing and decluttering can help you and your family change your outlook and attitudes. For example, open up the windows and let the breeze carry out the stale frustrations; even doing one thing a day can help you feel a little more whole. 

Develop a new routine

Even the most free-thinking individuals need a little bit of structure to help them flourish. Spending your time listlessly can leave you feeling unmoored, so make a plan for your day to help rebuild normalcy. From making it a point to eat specific meals to scheduling hours to keep in touch with friends and family or working on a new project, having a schedule that you can rely on can help put purpose back into your day-to-day life. 

Understand setbacks as an opportunity to grow

While it can be hard to reframe challenges as opportunities, there can be a silver lining gleaned from most disappointments. Missing loved ones, for example, can help inspire you to reach out and stay connected to friends and family, while losing a job opens the door to a position that suits you even better. How you look at your situation can dictate how you respond to it, so take some time to reframe your losses and see what is in store for your future.

You don’t have to do it alone

Change is hard even at the best of times; it’s important to know that this pandemic has been a traumatic event for many, and that comes with challenges we can’t always solve on our own. The Positive Thinking Clinic, for example, can help you work on areas like coping, self-control, and planning for the future. Their guidance can help equip you to deal with your “new normal.” 

No matter what life has thrown at you, there are ways you can find balance and peace in your daily life. The experts at the Positive Thinking Clinic are ready to help you work towards your future and find joy in the everyday. Contact them today to start moving forward and make your new normal even better than before.