The following are suggestions to explore ways of finding meaning during this difficult—but temporary —experience of the pandemic:
Focus on the present moment. At this moment, everything is fine; nothing bad is happening to you. You’re not going hungry. You have shelter. You’re healthy. List the things around you. Notice what you see, hear, smell, and taste at this moment.
Express gratitude. Each day, notice three things you are grateful for. Pay attention to the little things: seeing a hummingbird, the taste of a piece of chocolate, a sunny day.
Try to learn something new. Is there a hobby you’ve always wanted to do, an instrument you’d like to play, or a language you’d like to speak?
Help others. You can make financial donations, deliver food to the needy, send cards to health care workers, or make calls to lonely friends and neighbors.
Are there new activities you could try to give your life meaning?
Choose three activities from the list above that you will do over the next week to create meaning in your life.
You may also want to consider what you would like to continue doing once the pandemic is over. Why does that feel important?
Consider the following:
· Volunteering one’s time;
· Giving money to someone in need;
· Writing out one’s future goals;
· Expressing gratitude for another’s actions, either written or verbal;
· Carefully listening to another’s point of view;
· Confiding in someone about something that is of personal importance; and
· Persevering valued goals in spite of obstacles.