COVID-19 Survival Guide: Moving out of Quarantine

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Ann StrombergAnn Stromberg, Emotional Wellness Counselor

Are you feeling ready to get back out into the workforce and soar or are you feeling less excited about the future? This new practice of working from home has left so many of us feeling isolated and out of touch with the world. For some, our old work position may have changed permanently, being furloughed or working a reduced schedule and this can create very stress-filled feelings. All the change and uncertainty we face may have started to erode our confidence in the future. The key to maintaining or boosting our self-esteem is to limit our negative self-talk and we have to become our own cheerleader!  We often limit ourselves by limiting our vision and we become exactly what we envision for ourselves. We understand the power of our thoughts on our mood and wellbeing, but often forget the power of our unconscious thoughts that drive us without our knowledge.  It is hard to outperform our self-image. Honestly, sometimes the biggest factor limiting our success is our inability to see our future as bright.

The possibilities are endless when we shift our thinking over to a positive self-image. If you are thinking that you have a positive vision of your potential: that is a great place to start. We can all take time to assess the level of our positive vision for our future. Allow yourself to take some time to sit down and assess your self-worth; it may take some time to determine your authentic beliefs. Write it down and really think about the language that you have chosen. Does it resonate with what you want or how you imagine your future? Remember, we often limit ourselves by our own beliefs. It doesn’t matter if your vision is spot on or not what you want, you can begin to shift the vision by completing a few simple exercises. We can begin by creating a list of our good qualities. This sounds so simple, but often really challenging when we are honest. The list may begin small, maybe one word but take time and let it grow. Start with one or two qualities and then try to build to ten, twenty, fifty, or as far as you can go!

This can be an ongoing process and updated as often as needed. Take time to examine what you have to offer, what qualities give you value as a person. What qualities make you valuable to an employer and add those to your list.  Then review your list frequently. If you are in the process of a job search, think about how these qualities can be translated into what you can offer an employer. Speak the words out loud. Stating what we believe really helps to embed it into our thought process. Begin to notice the language you are using in your mind, notice the tone your self-talk. If at anytime the negative or self-doubt starts to creep in, change that language immediately and replace it with something from your list. Again, state it out loud. Hearing the words will really help us to believe it! This process may have to be repeated frequently until you can truly embrace what you have to offer.

Regardless of where these past few months in quarantine have taken us, we can always take some time and examine our positive and negative behaviors. Gaining a confidence boost or just gaining clarity about our self-image and our vision for our future will benefit each of us. Take the positive self- growth journey and let all the possibilities unfold.