How to Find Meaning In Isolation

Okay tell me what you’re feeling right now:

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Some days I’m A, other days I’m B or C and a lot of times I feel like D. Of course, I do have good days in there too…or good moments at least!

I know, I know, I’m supposed to tell you that we need to be positive and look at the bright side of this whole pandemic. Positivity and gratitude are still part of my daily thought exercises and don’t worry, we’ll get to that in a bit.

Right now though, I want you to know that it’s okay to feel these things. It’s okay to feel stressed and anxious and majorly sick of the whole staying indoors and away from friends thing.

I get it and I feel you! You’re not alone.

I’m not going to tell you that in order to find meaning during isolation, you need to be grateful for the pandemic itself. What I will tell you is that I see this as the perfect time to take a look at what the pandemic has taught us about what’s meaningful in our lives.

To me, the pandemic has reminded me how much I value the time my kids spent with their grandparents pre-pandemic era. It has made me realize how much I miss a good hug from a friend. It has become especially clear to me now that human connection is what makes life most meaningful.

I think we can all agree that isolation has helped us come together in new ways. We are reminded of how easy it is to reconnect with old friends because of technology. We had the ability to stay connected before, but somehow it took a pandemic to make us realize how busy we were and how much people mean to us.

When we suddenly can’t have something anymore, we realize how much we took it for granted in the past.

Finding meaning during isolation doesn’t mean that you have to ignore the bad stuff that is making this difficult, it’s about finding ways to really embrace the good things that are happening at the same time.

If you want a challenge this week, try and think of 5 people that you can reach out to and call just to say hi. Yeah that’s right, call. Video call or on the phone, give someone a call. Seeing someone’s face or hearing their voice that will help you feel the human connection so much more than a text message or an email ever will.

We may be apart and we may not know how much longer that will last but we can still make meaningful memories during isolation that will help us get through this, together.

Connect the Dots

Call up 5 friends, or schedule a video chat. Be intentional about making human connection happen this week. Notice how it makes you feel.

Human connection is essential to our meaning in life and even though we are apart right now, we can still find ways to be together.

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