Raise your hand if you have ever experienced a pandemic that required you to stay socially distanced for over a month.
… yeah, I haven’t either. Come to think of it, none of us have. There have been many pandemics over the course of the past 100 years, but none of them like this.
For the past 50 years we have thought of our well-being as the achievement of a set of lifestyle behaviors that allow us to live a healthy and full life. These lifestyle behaviors included eating nutritious food that we cooked in our home, training for 5k races, mindfulness, yoga, meditation, financial planning, budgeting, saving, spa days, vacations, and so on and so forth. Phew. Just writing it all is exhausting. The world created a billion dollar industry to help you achieve this life.
Now we find ourselves here. Our only well-being goal in a pandemic is to survive. Literally.
In the midst of our survival we are dealing with great loss. We have lost people. We have lost dreams come true like our most epic sports season at the end of our high school or college career, weddings, and perhaps that personal/professional goal you’ve been working toward for four years.
Well-being now is survival and showing up for our daily needs which can shift by the hour. Think of your well-being like this. Imagine you have a light that you carry – not a literal light, but a metaphorical light that represents your soul. As you take it with you throughout the day you begin to pay attention to the things that amplify that light and the things that diminish that light. A lot of your self care right now is paying attention and becoming aware.
Once you become aware of the things that amplify that soul light you try to invest in them more. The things that diminish the soul light, try to solve for those, but with the expectation that life is filled with unexpected, messiness. The goal is not to experience a life in which nothing ever diminishes your light. The goal is that you notice them and take good care of yourself as you respond to them. This is well-being.
The brutiful thing about a pandemic is that we get to learn how to redo our idea of well-being.
If you’re looking for something to point you in the right direction, consider checking out the Realize Wellbeing Guidebook here: https://realizewellbeing.com/p…/realize-wellbeing-guidebook/