Life during 2020 has been very challenging. We were forced to make changes to our routines that we weren’t expecting, we experienced significant losses, and we continue to live with unnatural, difficult, and scary circumstances that are in many ways beyond our control and without a clear end in sight. Researchers are studying how people around the world are thriving and preventing problems with depression, anxiety, stress, alcohol abuse, etc. that are becoming more common due to the pandemic, its effects, and coronavirus or health-related worries. How do people successfully cope?
If we could time travel and someone from a different time stepped into 2020 (by accident, for sure) they would experience a dramatic cultural shock. While living in South America with local families for two months, I experienced cultural immersion. I noticed and appreciated different cultural customs, behaviors, and ways of life, such as placing a greater value upon relationships than upon keeping appointments and daily schedules. Upon returning to America/California, I found it challenging to maintain desirable values and habits as I returned back to my previous lifestyle.
As we move into a new year, what are some of the good and bad habits that you and your family developed in this season of coronavirus? What would you like to maintain or change?
Positive changes that occurred due to physical distancing, stay at home/work & learn from home, masking, and other stresses that came this year include:
Bad habits that developed or re-introduced themselves during the pandemic include:
As we round the corner into a new and promising year... I hope to continue regular and proactive communications with friends and family via phone, Zoom, Marco Polo, and email- particularly with those who are not in close proximity. One area I would like to grow in is spending more time reading or connecting with people and less time watching tv/movies and viewing social media (which I confess increased during lockdown!).
What is one new habit or behavior from the past year you hope to maintain and one habit/behavior you would like to develop or change as we move into the new year? Write it down or share it with someone!
If you are experiencing stress or emotional and relational struggles from the pandemic, get help before too much time passes. If you are thinking that you need help, don’t avoid it- now is the time! To call or email, click on the links. If you think that you are generally doing well but just need some extra support, you can also reference this handy coping guide from UCSF which is fairly thorough.
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