So much YES to this critical reminder. You are worthy NOW.
The quote to the above really says it all, doesn’t it?
We hate and love change at the same time, but in a perfect world many things would stay the same, but just get better.
For better or worse (or somewhere in between), we know the world just doesn’t work in this way. Change is a fixture in our lives, whether it’s good or bad. Change is something we can always count on, even if it’s something we may not want.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, change has been especially challenging, and not always to the good.
So how do we cope with change? Especially if change is challenging or difficult?
Here are 5 simple steps to get started:
- Plan ahead if you can: If you know change may be coming, try to plan for it. It may be less stressful and more empowering to have a plan in place.
- Take time to pause: Taking the time to stop and reflect on the change can be therapeutic. Allow yourself to feel your emotions about the change.
- Maintain your routine if you can: Routines and structure can create a feeling of normal in the midst of change.
- Engage in self-care and practice self-compassion: Taking care of yourself is critical during times of change. Engage in activities that keep your mind and body healthy (this includes relaxation and rest, too). Also, be gentle with yourself. Change is hard.
- Look to gratitude: Thinking about and discovering the things in our lives we are grateful for (big or little) can make a difference in our outlook, attitude and feelings.
Here are some more resources that can help:
- Knowledge is empowering: During the Covid-19 pandemic, there have been MANY changes. Click here to learn more about C0vid-19 and how you can stay safe and healthy on our Covid-19 resource and information page.
- Burnout is real: Burnout (especially Covid-19 burnout) has been felt by many as the result of all the change brought about by the pandemic. Click here for our resource article on Covid-19 burnout.
- Sleep is critical: During times of change, our sleep may suffer. Click here for our resource article on sleep and how to get the best sleep possible. Click here for BEST blog contributor Isaac Peterson’s recent article on sleep disorders and brain injury.
- Self-care is vital: We have a library of blog articles on self-care practices, tips and strategies. Click here to explore on the BEST blog.
- Resources for caregivers: For caregivers, change can involve not only yourself, but the individual(s) you are caring for. Click here to explore our library of articles just for you.
- Educational programs and online support: At BEST, we offer online educational programs and support that can help you thrive in the midst of change. Click here to learn more.
This past Christmas I got a gift that’s sure kept on giving: a book titled The 52 Lists Project.
It’s a book that is designed to inspire self-reflection and self-discovery. I believe it was given to me to inspire me to look inside myself and to help me develop ideas for my writing.
It has sure done that.
I’ve already lifted some ideas for a couple of essays—this is one of them.
The assigned task for this week was to list some of my favorite quotes. I’m going to do just that right
here and right now. I’ve decided that I would focus on 20 inspirational quotes and try to come up with
some that aren’t widely known, so I’m hoping you will see something below that you haven’t heard that
will kindle a spark inside you.
Here’s the list:
1. There are 1,440 minutes in every day. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact—Les Brown
2. The less you respond to negative people, the more positive your life will become—Paolo Cuelho
3. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door—Milton Berle
4. A problem is a chance to do your best—Duke Ellington
5. There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind—C. S. Lewis
6. Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart—Roy T. Bennett
7. Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to
believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible—Rodolfo Costa
8. Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow—Helen Keller
9. Positive thinking must be followed by positive doing—John C. Maxwell
10. Be positive. Be true. Be kind–Roy T. Bennett
11. Surround yourself with positive people and you’ll be a positive person— Kellie Pickler
12. When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you,
you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near
you—Shannon L. Adler
13. When things go wrong, don’t go with them—Elvis Presley
14. We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have
15. It always seems impossible until it is done—Nelson Mandela
16. The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down—Stephen Richards
17. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream—Les Brown
18. The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain—Dolly Parton
19. You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way—Dr.
And what list of positive, inspirational quotes is complete without Maya Angelou?
20. To the world you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.
That’s it for now; I hope you saw something you liked.
What quote(s) inspire you?
|Isaac Peterson grew up on an Air Force base near Cheyenne, Wyoming. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, he embarked on a career as an award-winning investigative journalist and as a semi-professional musician in the Twin Cities, the place he called home on and off for 35 years. He doesn’t mind it at all if someone offers to pick up his restaurant tab and, also, welcomes reader comments. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more articles by Isaac here; https://www.brainenergysupportteam.org/archives/tag/isaac-peterson|