The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis. It’s not only a threat to our physical health. Even those who haven’t themselves been infected are still affected by the various consequences of the pandemic. Here are some ways to boost psycho-social-spiritual resilience in this and other crises we may face:
#1: It’s a crisis. Face it. Let it be what it is; not more, not less. There’s no turning back nor running away. It’s one step at a time on an unknown path into an unknown future.
#2: It will be difficult. Accept it. Don’t persuade yourself or others that all is well. It’s not. Be honest, be real, be true. A crisis brings out the best and the worst in us. Therefore, be patient, kind and compassionate–with others and with yourself.
#3: What you do makes a difference. Be intentional about it. Optimize your lifestyle. Stay connected with God and people you care about. Take care of others. It will help you keep things in perspective and give you a pause from your own worries and troubles.
#4: It’s time for reflection. Enter into it. Take a time-out: Think, reflect, meditate, feel, talk, connect. Put first things first. Is it work? Is it money? Is it health? Is it friends? Is it family? Is it God?
#5: There is hope. Embrace it. A crisis is a temporary thing. It will pass, whatever the outcome. As long as there is life, there is hope. And, for the Christian, even death is not the end. Trust that “God works for the good of those who love him” (Rom 8:28 NIV).
Good things may come out of a crisis. This is a time to care for oneself, for one’s family and friends, for church members, and for the communities we are in. It’s a time to reach in, reach out, reach up! Let us grieve the losses well. Let us be open to God’s work in us and around us so we may recover well. May we come out of this crisis more dedicated than ever to live the lives God has called us to live.