One of the many things that I appreciate in my work is that through the conversations with my clients, I am often inspired to learn and reflect. The Covid-19 Pandemic was a very unpredictable time for most, requiring us to adapt so often to new circumstances, such the ways of working, what is permissible when it comes to leisure and having fun, new concerns about health, or whether we can meet people we are close to and so on. I wish to share with you two lessons that my clients have taught me during these trying times, in hope of also inviting you to reflect about what you have learnt during this Pandemic.
- People’s creativity
During the Pandemic, my clients have reminded me how creative people can be when we are required to adapt to a difficult situation or to a change. Listening to how people still found creative ways to stay in touch with those they love while still keeping each other safe and following restrictions. Or following workout videos in order to adapt to exercising from home. Or how people managed to adapt to turning their home in schools for their children, offices for the adults, and still tried to find ways to enjoy their leisure time at home. All of this was incredible. Naturally I am not saying that this was effortless, or that it was not stressful or anxiety provoking. Many needed to experiment until they found a way to make it work, and even if they did, most still missed parts of the way things used to be before the Pandemic. But the drive to be creative in finding solutions and flexible, even through small changes and initiatives, is something that I truly admired.
- Seeking support
As I had mentioned in point 1, the loss of routine, concerns around our health and those of our loved ones, were very stressful experiences for many. Coping with these stressors was, for some, made even more difficult due to the necessity for social distance which left many people missing the support of their friends, family or colleagues. My clients taught me how during these difficult experiences, it was very important for them to continue making their mental health a priority through, for instance, seeking support. Whether this was done through receiving online therapy sessions, calling one of the support lines which were launched locally during the Pandemic, reaching out on social media platforms; the aim was to find ways to remain connected and to receive support.
Rebecca Cassar is a Family Therapist practicing the Systemic Approach. She specializes in offering therapy to families, couples and individuals who are experiencing distress in their relationships. She can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 79291817