Coping with Change and Finding Your Joy

We often talk about change and the difficulties we face in grief and loss. We try to make necessary adjustments, acclimate to our new circumstances, and cope with our loss. COVID-19 has brought about change that many of us have never faced. It has changed the way that we communicate, connect, learn, work, dine, shop, travel, celebrate, honor our loved ones, and even how we approach our day-to-day activities. The little things may have become big things, the tears may come more readily, the stress may be building, but the realization that you are not alone in this can sometimes bring comfort. Those moments when you feel overwhelmed or isolated can be difficult. Sometimes you may feel backed into a corner or in much need of a life preserver. In those moments, remind yourself that it is okay that you are struggling. There are people in your corner that care about you and want to be there for you. We may not know what that looks like right now but being open to asking for help may be what you need most. The support that you need may be one long conversation away from some clarity. Give yourself permission to make YOU a priority.

Many of us have been at a place in our lives when we needed the support from others as much as they needed support from us. There is comfort in knowing that someone will listen to you without judgement and will love you through some of the toughest times. Even the smallest gesture can let someone know you care. To walk alongside someone in their journey and acknowledging their pain is so important. Chances are many of your relationships have changed during this time and you are longing for new ways to connect. Ways to connect and honor your loved one, as well as connecting with your family and friends.

  • Allow time for yourself
  • Reach out to others
  • Be present
  • Tell your truth

During this time, it can be challenging to acknowledge when you are having a hard time or even knowing what you need. Sometimes taking a brief moment to do something that you love can give you a glimpse of joy. Not to fix, but instead to bring a moment of peace. Think about what brings you joy and allow yourself that moment.

  • Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea
  • Light your favorite scented candle
  • Walk in nature
  • Listen to your favorite music
  • Play with your pet
  • Watch a funny tv show or movie

 By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.”

Dana Minor, M.S., LPC-S, CSC

Dana Minor, M.S., LPC-S, CSC

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