The other day I was driving back from an anxiety inducing situation and I laughed because for the first time as I didn’t care and wasn’t anxious about the outcome. For someone whose anxiety has fluctuated so much lately it was a win for me. A win after few weeks of uncertainty and high anxiety, that was much needed.
But it got me thinking how during Covid it can be hard to find wins big or small. It’s easy to feel like we are stuck in an endless loop like in the film Groundhog Day. How can we find these wins and break up the endless loop? It can be harder than we first thought, especially as what counts as a win to us maybe won’t count as a win to someone else. So, what could be considered a win? In normal times maybe keeping a plant alive or going to the gym could count as wins? For me any time I don’t let my anxiety get me down is a win for me and one I try to acknowledge.
However, during Covid when normal tasks can be hard maybe it’s the act of wearing real clothes or actually paying attention during that video work meeting that are wins? The trick is to start acknowledging the small wins one at a time then it’s easier to acknowledge more wins and slowly break the endless loop and in turn benefit your mental health.
A few years ago, at the end of every day I would write down something I was thankful for that day on a slip of paper and put them an envelope labelled with the current month. Even on the bad days I had something to be thankful about maybe it was that I got to sit outside in the sun or that I passed an assignment or that I didn’t get stuck in traffic. It was an exercise that helped me change my perspective on things and even now I find myself running through what I am thankful for at the end of the day. This is something that seems simple, but it can have a big impact on your mental health and is way to start acknowledging the small things that can turn into wins.
Finding wins during tough times can be hard but they will help you see things in a new light and can make challenging situations better. In every tough situation there is something good, we might have to really look but we will find it.
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