Using a Crisis for Personal Growth

October 28, 2020

Due to COVID many families are dealing with many different types of Crisis.  Whether it be loss of job, COVID hitting your home, or other Health issues that a family is faced.  Believe it or not there is that opportunity for us to use the current crisis to grow as people. We need to see how we interpret and respond to the difficulties and challenges that we face. Our attitude toward and response to the COVID-19 crisis and any other crisis can either make or break our experience of it. I believe if we keep a positive attitude, we can get through anything.  It is mind over matter.

In an article in Phycology Today, they list seven lessons that you can learn from a crisis and that can help you grow as a person.

  1. Allow Yourself to Feel Bad –

We are all feeling many emotions such as frustration of living our lives in this type of isolation, stress, and anxiety.  It is ok to feel this way. I personally am frustrated.  It has been too long.  I feel that we have put our lives on hold. Healthcare experts say not to resist negative emotions and be kind and empathetic to yourself and others.  It is important that you allow yourself to go through the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

  1. Put the Crisis in Perspective –

During a crisis it is normal to focus entirely to how the crisis has impacted us more in the short-term and now. We should first acknowledge, rather than devalue the situation. Secondly, we need to think long-term.  Life will likely return to normal soon and the crisis won’t seem so big or overwhelming. As I say, this too shall pass. Then we should look at the big picture.  COVID is a huge part of our lives now but it is not life itself. We have our families, our careers.  There are other things in our lives that likely good. Lastly, we should identify both long-term and big-picture examples that allow you to stop thinking about the immediate crisis and make you look around and into the distance future.

  1. Embrace the Adversity –

We can embrace the crisis as something that we can turn into a positive experience (at least to some degree). Don’t choose to become a victim of it.

  1. See the Crisis as a Challenge to Overcome –

The threat to our survival should motivate us to take steps to mitigate the risks to our lives.We should be self-quarantining if needed, washing our hands, and maintaining social distancing.  

  1. See the Crisis as an Opportunity –

If the focus is what is lost or what can be gained. Our capacity to respond positively to this crisis will be dictated by whether we can let go of the costs and focus on the potential benefits of the crisis. Seeing the cup half full not half empty.
You can always adjust your life goals to work in the “new normal”.One can also see loss of regular life as a chance to focus on other aspects of your life that have been neglected because you’ve been too busy to address them. You can also identify areas you want to work on or improve in your life and focus on developing those areas. You can finally use this break from “normal life” to seek balance in your life and pursue aspects of your life that you didn’t have time for before the crisis, like a new hobby or that project you have been putting off since you didn’t have the time.

  1. Have a Positive Attitude –

Having hope, optimism, and a positive attitude and approach to any crisis will help you get through it.

  1. Generate Positive Emotions –

It is important that we seek out love, caring, and empathy from your family and friends. Having a support system will get you through any crisis.  Being able to find fun, joy, excitement, and contentment in your daily activities is important. Continue to strive towards your life goals and move forward.
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Margherita C. Amplo
President, MCA Consultants

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