About one year ago today, our everyday routines and lives were completely disrupted. Without much warning, the world ground to a halt. It was the beginning of a very painful year, filled with a lot of loss, a lot of fear, and a lot of strife. None of us knew what was going to happen next, and it affected many of our nervous systems. We experienced tremendous loss of loved ones, our livelihood, and our freedom as humans. Take a moment to ground yourself, put your hand over your heart, and think about how you are doing one year into the pandemic.
When we think back to where we were a year ago, it is only normal to feel a sense of grief. This kind of grief reaction is commonly seen around the anniversaries of life altering –or traumatic– events, such as the pandemic and all the other struggles we experienced during this last year. Sometimes, earlier traumas are revisited during a stressful time. It is okay to yearn for the life you had before the pandemic. It is valid to wonder about what might come next. If you are experiencing any of these feelings, know that this is common and this too shall pass.
We are glad to see that people are starting to get vaccinated. With it, an even newer normal will come, including a return to in-person therapy. Although it will not look exactly like our lives pre-pandemic, we all have grown and flexed new emotional muscles during the last year. We have matured through our trials and have developed resiliency. We can choose to bring some new habits into this new chapter, such as spending more time with the people in our households, feeling gratitude for small freedoms, or enjoying being outdoors for a morning walk. Take a moment to think about some of the accomplishments you have achieved, whether it is something small like learning how to buy your groceries during a pandemic, or something big like finding a new career path since yours has been put on pause. In this time of transition, The Inner Stage is available for your individual and group therapy needs. We have many exciting events coming your way. Please contact Valerie at firstname.lastname@example.org or (917) 572-8114 or Rebecca at email@example.com or (646) 470-0638 to schedule a virtual session by Zoom or telephone.