If there is one article that you read today I recommend “That discomfort you’re feeling is grief” by Scott Berinato, published in the Harvard Business Review March 23rd.
Berinato does an incredible job of explaining the stages of grief associated the Coronavirus. It also provides suggestions for how to respond to people in different stages.
My favorite part is the 6th added stage of grief (from Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s original 5): finding meaning. Acknowledging the legitimacy of each stage is incredibly important. These last two stages, acceptance and finding meaning though, are critical in our ability to continue to thrive despite all of the challenges this places.
Along with finding meaning I believe there is hope.
- Hope that from this horrible situation that we learn and grow from this experience.
- Hope that we will never take first responders or teachers for granted
- Hope that stay at home parents finally get the credit they deserve for all they do
- Hope that we learn to enjoy the littlest pleasures again
- Hope that we establish new habits to appreciate and care for our families and friends
- Hope that the new relationships and partnerships being built now will continue
- Hope that we will all learn new habits to foster balance and self-care
- Hope that individuals in remote areas will continue to benefit from telehealth and access to services
To help people get to and through the stages of acceptance and finding meaning, I would like to start a #COVIDChallenge for action Steps to beat the blues and turn this into a positive opportunity.
Challenge #1: Accept that we are grieving and identify what positive societal or personal change are you hopeful for or seeing as a result of the Coronavirus?
Please share in the comments. Each little positive thing we identify can help someone who is struggling with this.