Smart tips to cheer you up when the pandemic pulls you down


Don’t let disappointment bring you down

A Chinese farmer had an old horse to plow his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills. When all of the farmer’s neighbors sympathized with the old man for his bad luck, he replied, “Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

A week later the horse returned with a herd of wild hill horses. This time the neighbors congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His response, again, was, “Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?”

When the farmer’s son was trying to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off his back and the boy broke his leg. Everyone thought it was very unlucky. Not the farmer, whose only response was, “No luck? Good luck? Who knows?”

Weeks later, the army marched into the village and enlisted any able-bodied men they could find to go to war. When they saw the farmer’s son with his broken leg, they let go of him. Was it luck? Bad luck? Who knows?

Things are rarely as bad as they seem and everything is impermanent. Our blessings often appear to us in the form of pain, loss or disappointment. If you remember this, you can always find a grain of good in the bad, gains in your losses. The next time you feel the disappointment of the pandemic, you can lift yourself up by reminding yourself that luck or bad luck is not in the situation; it lies in your interpretation and is seldom as bad or as good as you might imagine. There is luck around the corner. We just have to wait for it.

Moderate expectations

There is an old adage prevalent in recovery circles that expectations are premeditated resentments. Maybe you have some expectations about how the situations will turn out. When things don’t go as planned due to unexpected events, it naturally hurts and disappoints. But expecting a situation to unfold a certain way forces you to keep a closed mind about the outcome. And if that doesn’t suit your state of mind, you could have a fit. This is self-will in disguise at its worst.

Once you start to see this position as immature, you realize that the world works on its own terms and that a lot cannot be changed no matter what. No matter how hard you try, you cannot make the world and the people in it serve your will.

If you are in control, you can learn that it’s not your job to bring order to the world. Your mission is to align yourself in unison with this world. You can’t eliminate disappointments in life, but you can choose how to respond to them by mature accepting and making the most of the situation.

Remove those cordless leashes

There was a time when “blackberries” were something you consumed, not something that consumed you. And when you had “Bluetooth” you would go to the dentist. The phrase “24/7”, 21st century domestic slang, has replaced the old adage “nine to five”. These trends indicate how much work has crept into each hour of the day and your cordless leashes have become choker necklaces. They allow you to lean on a laptop on an island paradise or call the office by cell phone from the ski lifts. But allowing wireless intrusions to call the shots can put you on a run that leaves you hassled.

With remote working, as the workday continues to invade your private space, you are faced with the challenge of keeping a close eye on your personal life, moving at a reasonable pace, and staying connected to others in a human and human way. compassionate. It’s up to you to draw the line. You don’t leave a hammer or saw behind after working on a cabinet; you put the tools away. The same can be true for your wireless devices. How well do you distinguish between intrusion at work and personal time? Ask yourself if you are a line breaker or a linebacker. Then think about what you could do to have more time to relax.

Let yourself be more powerful

You fly solo when you show your will, forcing your life to go the way you want it to. Step 2 of the Twelve Steps teaches that believing in a Power greater than yourself can lead you back to a more balanced life. On your own, you can never know all that is needed to keep yourself in the air. But your belief in a Power greater than yourself is helping you soar. When you allow the greatest power in the universe to sail, you face each day with renewed faith and courage. You are filled with inner strength to overcome obstacles and serenity is yours. This power can be a higher power of your understanding, a sunset or some other aspect of nature, the universe, or a power that you find in a support group. The point is to believe that there is greater power beyond your ego, and that can be all that you rely on for your source of strength.

Remember to STOP

When you feel overwhelmed by the pandemic news feed or the stress of remote working, remember to STOP, which means hunger, anger, loneliness and fatigue. Eat when you are hungry, calm down when you are angry or frustrated, call a friend when you are lonely, and take time to rest when you are tired.

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