Wellbeing

Searching for the Silver Linings

By April 13th, 2022No Comments
Sad face, okay face and happy face - hand chooses the happy face over the two faces.

Everyone has been impacted in some way by COVID-19, but in varying degrees. While we may be all in this together, we’re certainly not all in the same boat. Everyone’s situation and circumstances are different. Everyone’s support network and coping mechanisms are different. And while we ride out this storm, some may need a lifeline while others sail on through.

 

While we can’t always change our circumstances, what we can do is look for some of the silver linings and positives that can come out of this situation – no matter how big or small.

SEEING GREEN

News reports are showing pollution and greenhouse gases have dropped and air quality has increased as the world retreats to wait out the pandemic in their homes. Families are growing their own veggies, starting worm farms and upcycling items for craft projects. While we wait out this pandemic, Earth is having a break and a chance to heal as well. You may find you’re using your car less and therefore you’re actively contributing to a reduction in pollution – and saving money on fuel at the same time.

STRENGTHENING RESILIENCE

It may not feel like it at the time, but this moment in history is teaching us and our children resilience. When our lives resume, we will personally and collectively have grown from this experience – even if it’s just a feeling of “we made it”.

You can read about raising a resilient child here.

SUPPORTING LOCALS

A lot of local business has suffered through this crisis, but now more than ever, locals are rallying together to support small and shop local when possible. This sense of supporting our Far North community and keeping small businesses afloat is something we can take beyond these uncertain times and be proud of.

While it may be a challenging time in our lives, I challenge you to look for the silver linings, look for the lessons, appreciate the things we took for granted in the past or find some positives in your current situation…even if you can’t see them straight away.

Stephanie Meekings is a Digital Media Officer at Cairns Catholic Education