How to Find Emotional Strength & Resilience During COVID-19: Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert, Jack Kornfield, Susan David & Other Experts…

There are many roads through the coronavirus crisis. One is denial, which only makes things worse. Another is service and self-sacrifice, a choice we honor in the medical professionals putting their lives at risk every day. For most of us, however, the best course of action is non-action—staying home and isolating ourselves from others. Days bleed into weeks, weeks into months. It can seem like life has come to a complete halt. It hasn’t, of course. All sorts of things are happening inside us. We don’t know how long this will last; current courses of action don’t bode well. What do we do with the fear, anger, loneliness, grief, and buzzing, ever-present anxiety?

Maybe the first thing to do is to accept that we have those feelings and feel them, instead of stuffing them down, covering them up, or pushing them onto someone else. Then we can recognize we aren’t by any means alone. That’s easier said than done in quarantine, but psychologists and inspirational writers and speakers like Elizabeth Gilbert have come together under the auspices of the TED Connect series, hosted by the head of TED Chris Anderson, to help.

Find out more HERE

3 thoughts on “How to Find Emotional Strength & Resilience During COVID-19: Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert, Jack Kornfield, Susan David & Other Experts…

  1. Love Jack Kornfield, he’s really helped me with the meditations on his website. They’re so calming and also quite short.

    I somewhat agree with the above poster: sometimes we are feeling these negative emotions, but there’s also nothing ‘wrong with us’ if we’re not sad all the time and are still enjoying our life. 9 million people die of hunger every year and none of us feel constant pain and terror about that. Compared to that, Covid is only a blip but it hits closer to home because it’s present in our own country.

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  2. I wish people would stop telling others that they should be feeling “fear, anger, loneliness, grief, and buzzing, ever-present anxiety” because there is no reason to be feeling these things, and making people think other people are feeling them only makes them wonder why they are not–and they start worrying about themselves.
    I personally do not feel any of those feelings (most are not even emotions) and I and my partner are getting along as if nothing has changed. Really, nothing has. We get up in the morning, and go to sleep at night. Sure, we aren’t as active during the day, but that can be a good thing if you let it.
    Vacations are supposed to be times of recharging one’s batteries, but seldom are. Sitting at home, with nothing urgent to be doing, is better than any vacation. And don’t assume we must be well off to be able to afford this. We live below the poverty line, but we have learned to be satisfied with what we have. This is a wonderful time for people to reassess what they are really doing with their lives. Are they happy? How many of the “things” they have in their homes are they using right now. Things they are using daily they probably need. Things they are not using much they probably don’t need.
    And feelings are important, but why suggest they should be feeling horrible when there is no need to.
    I am not talking about the homeless, or those who have no food, no safe shelter, no power or no water. They are not able to meet their needs. But people who are not in that position but are wanting the isolation to end before it is safe, those are the people who need to stop worrying about only themselves, and take responsibility for preventing further spread of the virus. Government handouts may not be enough, but surely they help to meet basic needs. Telling them how to feel about bad feelings is doing as much harm as good, if not more.
    Patience is a virtue more people need to learn, especially right now.

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