If there is one thing everyone in the entire world can relate to, it is the emotional rollercoaster caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic. It has been challenging emotionally, physically and economically for millions of people around the world.
This year I realized life is too short to be unhappy. It’s okay to seek help. It’s okay to not be okay – but not for a long period of time. My family and friends are my biggest blessings. My priorities are my children, husband, family and of course, me. Over the last few months, I have had many conversations with friends asking me how I manage work, family, kids while living in a place hundreds of miles away from family and close friends. Truth is, I don’t. Not even close. There are many areas in my life where I need help.
It has taken me years to finally seek the help and guidance I needed to stay focused and…well…happy.
If you can accomplish a few from the list below, I believe this will help you navigate through finding inner peace and happiness.
- Seek help from a therapist or speak with your family doctor. Many clinics offer counselling services covered under the public health system.
- Prioritize physical health and nutrition. I hired an exercise and nutrition coach. I admit I lack motivation and knowledge in this area and knew I needed to improve my eating habits. I also wanted someone to hold me accountable to exercise weekly and reach my fitness goals.
- Talk with your friends and family. Understand everyone is going through something. Sometimes they have the same fear as you and need someone to have an open conversation with.
- Pray. Praying gives inner peace. Finding inner peace can be challenging, especially during hardships. My therapist said to me “Think of God as a friend you can always turn to. The more time you spend with God, the better your heart feels”. I truly find it easier to navigate through tough situations by praying, remembering God and reciting prayers. So much inner peace comes from this action.
- Do activities that make you happy. Go back to doing things you used to love doing. I love making jewelry and painting. As far as I can remember, I have always made my own jewelry. This activity makes me feel so happy and accomplished. After having children and working full time, I stopped prioritizing the activities that truly brought me joy.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Prioritize your mental health. Be a good listener during conversations with your family and friends. Search for inner peace. Do things that bring you joy.