ChicExecs VP of Public Relations and Digital Media, Kristen Wessel, sits down with Dr. Ely Weinschneider, Psy.D. to discuss the things we can do to remain hopeful and support each other during anxious times in Medium’s Authority Magazine.
She explains that before “sheltering in place,” she didn’t realize how truly busy her family was. Between work and the kid’s school and all the sports and social activities, they were constantly on the go.
Many people have become anxious from the dramatic jolts of the news cycle. The fears related to the coronavirus pandemic have heightened a sense of uncertainty, fear and loneliness. From her perspective she helps readers to see the “Light at the End of the Tunnel” in five ways.
1. This too, shall pass.
I think it is easy to think this will go on forever, since we are stuck in our houses, day after day. It is important to remember that this too, shall pass. We will move on, life will get back to normal and we will be busy again.
2. Enjoy the small moments.
There is a peacefulness that comes from not being as busy and I’ve enjoyed the slow-down and not rushing from one activity to another. It allows us to enjoy the small moments that we would have otherwise missed amidst the chaos.
3. Treasure family time.
Our kids are growing! This time has allowed us to have quality time with our children and really get to know them in a whole new way. Being at home together all the time has been very bonding.
4. Have some “me” time.
Whether it is working out at home, reading a book or taking a bath, I’ve enjoyed the quiet moments alone. Without a social agenda, I’ve had more time to do things by myself, which has been a welcome and calming change.
5. Draw closer to God.
During times of uncertainty or anxiety, I always draw near to God. I know God has a bigger plan for all of us and even COVID-19 is part of his plan.
Read Read Kristen Wessel’s full Q&A for more reasons to be hopeful during this crisis.