As I start to write, I am trying to remember where I left off - when I realize it is actually where I started.
Shortly after I started this blog - Italy became among the first European countries to be hit by COVID.
Fast forward 1 year later: most Italians (and not), find themselves in both economic and psychological distress. The worst part is that it seems like it is never going to end. Which if you're an adult can be quite stressful, now try and imagine an entire generation of middle and high school teenagers that have been utterly forgotten. Day in and day out in front of their screens to do distance learning or DAD as they call it in Italy.
This is where we are now and where we have been for the past year. Even if you, or someone close to you, has NOT had Covid, it is, has been, and continues to be - painfully difficult for all of us. (see wiki: freaking nightmare) Unfortunately, there is not a lot we can do about it - except to try and adapt to the situation.
Not all change is going to be for the best, but sometimes we need to learn to adapt in order to live a better life. If you are having trouble adapting to change - start by asking yourself where you are giving your energy? Is it in a place it needs to be? Fears and worries can sneak up on you. It's important not to let them become a whirlpool of wasted energy that drowns you.
To get to a higher level we need to stop ourselves from dwelling on the very thing that is dragging us down. To do so author Nate Klemp suggests there are 3 very easy rules to follow. (I have kindly summed them up here for you, however, I strongly suggest reading the real thing to further broaden your higher level..)
Rule number 1 - Notice the negative thought.
Rule number 2 - Shift the thought by thinking of one thing you have to be grateful for.
Rule number 3 - Allow yourself to enjoy that thought, the author says 'It's taking 15 seconds to stay with this new mindset -- to encode it deep into the fabric of your mind.'
Easier said than done? It's definitely worth a try and honestly, if it doesn't work you can always come to commiserate with the locals here in Italy!