Resilience during the crisis

                As time goes by, we still need to be careful for not transmitting the novel corona virus. Airports are still closed in most countries, and big gatherings and especially entertainment activities are still prohibited, even in countries that lower the lock down measures. The effects on economy become clearer and we know they will last for a while. It is normal for stress for our health and financial security to be stronger. Now it is the time to allow our abilities for resilience to take over and help us maintain a good quality of life. Resilience is our ability to bounce back from an adverse experience and even grow from it. It is achieved through flexible adaptation of our emotional state, thoughts and actions. All of us have the potential to do so and the faster we start adjusting the better.

                Focus on what you can do, instead of what you cannot do. A lot of the work we used to do, which would require physical presence cannot be done. Also, if our work in only online, our clients might have some difficulties buying services, if their financial condition is not the best. However, there are always more things we can do, if not thriving financially, definitely surviving. Be focused on what you can continue to do and be open to think of different ideas and solutions that you had not thought before. The more open we are to adaptivity, the best it will be for ideas to come to us.

                Let go of what is not needed. Even the most adventurous and lovers of change still need to follow some habits and have some material or activities that are standard. Maybe at this time some of these cannot be done. Although most digital nomads have little physical belongings, maybe we have a lot of practices and services that we buy or engage in. Think of what that is for you. Think for a second time if it is really that necessary. Let go if it is not feasible to continue doing it at this time and check your emotional reaction. Is it really that hard to let go? If it is, experience the mourning and then come out stronger from it. Try not to stick to things or activities, only because you are used to them. The less we need, the freer we are.

                Practice your optimism. Some of us are born optimists or pessimists. Others face such situations that lead us to one or the other end of the spectrum. In any case, we can all practice our optimism. The reason for this is because people who have more optimistic understanding of the world, experience more positive emotions, are more successful academically and professionally, have higher capacity to cope with stress and resolve problems, experience more satisfaction in relationships and health-wise, have stronger immune system and recover faster from illness or injuries. Of course, some will think, it’s easy to say, but how can we do that? Or, even stronger, you expect us to leave on a pink little cloud when life sucks? No! However, try two simple things. When negative things happen, do not attribute them to a general condition that will be standard -that negative things are always there and life normally is against us. Analyze the factors and face them as one thing that will end and the effects will abide. Second, when success happens, do not attribute them to chance, or events out of your control, but attribute them to your own abilities and skills, which will remain and will help you in the future challenges as well.

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