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Living in 2020 feels like being hit by a train, not once, but over and over again. But the truth is that without all of these shocking, strange, scary, irrational, crazy and sometimes even absurd things that happened this year we would continue our way of life for another 100 years. And one must admit that as a society we got so lost. We let them divide us. We bought into all of their nonsense.
The world as we know it does not exist anymore. Whether we like it or not, it’s hard to deny it. With the coronavirus outbreak, now pandemic everything changed. Our habits, attitudes, working conditions, way of living, thinking patterns are different.
We’re living in limbo right now. But this state will not last forever. Sooner or later we as a society will need to choose in which direction we shall go. But before we do it, we should focus on the here and now and support each other during these difficult times. Because we’re in this together and only together we can bring a better change in our society. Together we can help the world to recover faster and better.
In this post, I am sharing 10 ways we can support each other and give back to society during these difficult and challenging times. Let’s create some happiness and spread some positive vibes!
1. Be Part Of The Solution, Not The Problem
Focusing on the problem instead of searching for a solution is definitely much easier and kind of alluring especially for overthinkers. But at the same time, it does not help in any way. Not to mention that overthinking usually accompanied by overanalyzing every single thing can easily make us feel stuck in a situation that we’ve never wanted to be in the first place. A better approach is to focus on the solution, not the problem.
Problems are a part of life. We all have them. Some people just know how to deal with them a lot easier. They do it because they have mastered the art of leveraging problems to create opportunities – opportunities to grow, learn and improve in a way that leaves them much better off than before the problem existed.
That we are living through hard times is quite clear for all to see. With everything that is happening right now in the world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, depressed, overly stressed and extremely anxious. But only if you focus on the problems. However, if we focus on searching for the solutions we can all wake up in a better world tomorrow.
9 Ways How To Be Part Of The Solution, Not The Problem
- Ask yourself what could be fixed today that would make life just a little better.
- Go into a negotiation with others instead of imposing your ideas or forcing others to admit that you are right.
- Be future-oriented (focus on the big picture and long-term goals)
- Level up your mindset (a positive mindset helps to leverage problems to create opportunities)
- Improve your online researching skills
- Communicate clearly (speak less but more wisely)
- Avoid overthinking, overanalyzing and overcomplicating things and situations
- Taka action before the problems overwhelms you (be proactive, not reactive)
- Get involved in your community before you start fixing the world
2. Commit To Conscious Growth
Today’s society places a lot of emphasis on formal education, which, in and of itself, is a great thing. At the same time, however, we should not underestimate the importance of self-education. Because while earning a degree will certainly advance your career, you should not forget that formal education is strictly limited to specific knowledge, skills and abilities. As for the autodidactism, the benefits go beyond career advancement.
Learning doesn’t end when your formal education does – actually, it’s exactly when true learning, developing your skills and improving your personality begins. This process is called-personal growth and it has nothing to do with school.
Personal growth is a lifelong process of transforming your life, improving yourself and evolving as a person. Which is incredibly important in terms of building a healthy strong society. Because if you are committed to conscious self-growth your life becomes richer, fuller and happier. This kind of change cannot remain unnoticed. People you know start seeing how your commitment to self-growth, self-discipline and hard work improved the quality of your life. They want the same for themselves so in consequence, they start to work on themselves. And this is how you set a good example and have a pèositive impact on others.
3. Connect With Others
Whether you’re self-isolating or not during the coronavirus pandemic you should stay in contact with your loved ones. Just because you cannot spend time physically with your family and friends doesn’t mean that you should shut yourself off. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
Isolation is hard. Social distancing, staying at least six feet away and avoiding physical contact is not something we are used to. But with a bit of goodwill, we can make this experience less fearful. Besides, we live in the digital era, we use technological devices all day, every day. We can stay connected to those we care about 24/7. You can self-isolating without feeling totally isolated.
Or you can engage in social activities that are fun but STILL safe during the Coronavirus pandemic. You can have fun with your family and friends without breaking “social distancing” rules. For instance, you can go for a hike, go on a bike trip, have a picnic In the park, attend a class or event virtually. So as you can see you can meet your loved ones without risking your or their’s health.
Spending quality time with family and friends is not only a great way to build strong relationships but also a wonderful opportunity to create unforgettable memories. So don’t give up on that. Connect with others via phone, mail, social media, WhatsApp, messenger or in-person if it’s possible. Offer your help, kindness and support. Be there for others.
4. Stop Being Judgemental
We are addicted to judgement. We love to have an opinion about everyone and everything even if we know absolutely nothing about the person or thing that we are judging at the moment. But lack of reliable knowledge does not bother us at all to continue judging, criticising and being cynical. After all, we have a vivid imagination and apparently much time to spare.
Judgement is an extremely important and useful mental capacity but only if we use it in a good, positive and constructive way. Which is not always the case. Because if it was it wouldn’t be creating so much negative energy, unnecessary drama and endless cycles of conflict both external and internal.
Hence it is important to each of us to understand the difference between judgement and being judgemental. The first concept is about being reflective, exploring, learning new things, listening attentively and making a critical observation. While the second concept is about making comments or observations about someone or something we don’t know anything about. And in some cases, we’re not even interested in finding out more about that.
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5. Support Local Businesses
It’s hard not to notice that small businesses have suffered and continue to suffer since the outbreak of the pandemic. At the same time, some big companies are thriving amid the coronavirus recession. Thousands of small local businesses are literally dying before our eyes.
Many of these companies are family-owned firms that have been fully managed by family members for generations. And now the owners are forced to shut down due to the pandemic. And some of the most likely will never reopen again. That’s heartbreaking, to say the least.
However, it does not mean that we should just sit and watch how small and local businesses are disappearing, one by one. We should act. We should defend free-market capitalism by standing with the small businesses and help their owners to avoid filing for bankruptcy.
While buying from large companies is convenient and can often give you a price advantage, the small-business are the ones that benefit our local community. A strong community benefits not only individuals but also the whole society. To achieve that we need to help and support each other.
Donate. Donate. Donate.
Help people in need. Even if you can’t afford cash donations, you can still make a great impact. There many ways to donate without spending money and here are some of them:
- Hygiene Essentials
- Medical Supplies
- First aid items
- Computer & electronics
- Toys and games
- Don’t forget about your local animal shelter!
Become Financially Fit
The economic chaos caused by the coronavirus pandemic forces us to focus more on our financial situation. None of us can predict how long it will take for the economy to recover after the Pandemic that’s why planning our wealth, improving our financial literacy and focusing on developing habits for financial stability should be one of our top priorities.
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7. Check on Others
With all the technologies available right now, social-distancing, self-isolation, quarantine and lockdowns are no excuse for not checking on your family members, friends, co-workers and neighbours.
Furthermore, given the current circumstances and the chaos of the moment, we should strengthen and deepen our relationships. As human beings, we are social creatures and even a pandemic cannot change this. We need each other for psychological survival. That’s why even a staunch introvert needs community to maintain emotional balance.
Although social media, phone calls or video conferences both with family and co-workers cannot replace in-person interaction they are still quite effective tools to create and maintain lasting relationships. And in many cases, it’s the only way to stay connected with your loved ones especially if they live in a different country, state or even city.
That’s why instead of cutting yourself off from the world and waiting until the pandemic ends to socialize, use all the technological resources that you have and reach out to your loved ones, co-workers and members of your community. Call or message them and ask them if they need some help or support. Sometimes with minimal effort (ex. sending a message), you can change someone else’s world.
8. Share Your Skills With Others
With the coronavirus outbreak, now pandemic everything changed. Schools are being closed and reopen the same as gyms, hotels, restaurants and cafes. Small businesses around the world struggle to survive. And pretty much everyone I know tries to maintain good health, find stability and create certainty in these uncertain times.
2020 has forced us to rethink our choices, reanalyze our actions, break from traditional paths, reshape perspective on reality and get a little creative. Because if you cannot get a professional haircut, go to the gym, attend a lecture, eat in your favourite local restaurant you need to get creative and find a way to reach your goals despite restrictions impossibilities of functioning in pretty much every environment. In other words, the corona crises unlocked our creative potential.
Professional trainers are creating workouts and fitness programs online, hairdressers explain in their Youtube channels how to cut your hair in a decent way, teachers create digital classrooms to help their students broaden their knowledge. In other words, people share their knowledge expertise and skills with others like never before. And many of them do it for free. It’s incredible how helpful, creative, innovative and resourceful people are. If you want to be part of this positive change ask yourself what skills you have you could easily share with others. And do it. Create an online course, Youtube video, online support group, ebook, tutorial or any other type of knowledge sharing to help others reach their goals. Unlock your full creative potential and make a difference!
9. Be A Decent Human Being
Last but definitely not least tip to support others and give back to society during difficult times is to be a decent human being. As simple as it may seem this step is essential to build a healthy strong society and make the world a better place.
2020 is the year of chaos, uncertainty, contrasts, unpredictability and doubt. But it is also a year of self-awakening, rediscovering lost values and getting back to basics. This is our golden opportunity to come together to fix society’s big problems and rebuild after the corona crisis. We can make this world a better place but first we need to work on ourselves.
That is why it so important for us to delve deep inside ourselves, be self-critical and reflective and practice being a good human. Because the more reflective, self-aware, open-minded, helpful and kind people are the better, healthier and stronger society is.
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Stay positive, be mindful and give back during these tough times!