Where do your greatest achievements come from? It’s with little steps that aim for progress. With the COVID-19 crisis affecting everyone’s lives around the world, we all need to take action and take steps to develop growth to cope with the pandemic. 

Where do we start? Each one of us needs to develop a mindset shift pertaining to the situation at hand. We should adapt to change, see this challenge as an opportunity to grow, focus on progress, and hope for the best results. 

In this post, we will talk about the mindset shifts when it comes to COVID-19 recovery. For all the COVID-19 survivors, we salute you for fighting bravely against the unseen enemy. For the rest of the world, take little steps to reach out and extend help for those recuperating from the disease. 

We are all hoping this pandemic will be over soon. But everything seems to be uncertain at this point. What we can do for now is to have a shifting mindset and address this issue as a global community. 

The Power of The Mindset

Mindset is defined as a set of thoughts and beliefs that shape how you understand everything. It can affect how you feel, cope, behave, and your decision-making skills in a given situation. The power of the mindset is a game-changer for your mental and physical health. Do we all need it during this crisis? That is a resounding YES!

There are two kinds of mindset. Which one are you? 

  • Fixed Mindset: A fixed mindset is a fixed mentality in the midst of a crisis. This is the last thing we want if our goal is to move forward. So to speak, there are some people with a fixed mindset about the coronavirus. Saying things like it’s not real, they don’t need to wear masks. Or they don’t believe in getting vaccinated. Their minds will be closed to new changes and upgrades that could slow down recovery.
  • Growth Mindset: People with a growth mindset are resilient to changes. They can accept change and are dedicated to putting in hard work even when it means sacrificing their comfort zone. This is the kind of mindset we need to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, the kind of mindset patients recovering from COVID-19 should have. 

As our leaders and healthcare industries are developing ways to cope with the crisis, new coronavirus variants are discovered. It’s exhausting! But with resilient mindsets and behaviors, we keep on moving, no matter how hard this may seem. 

What Does COVID-19 Recovery Look Like?

Each person who contracted the coronavirus has a different recovery process. Even after the isolation or being discharged from the hospital, for some, the battle does not end. It’s unfortunate to hear that the recovery process may still have residual symptoms and lasting impacts on a person’s overall health; this is called Post-Intensive Care Syndrome or PICS. 

The coronavirus does not only attack a person’s physical health. It also affects cognitive, emotional, neurological, mental, and emotional health as well. Some for weeks, some for months, and we are uncertain at this point but may reach for years. With all the ongoing stress, increasing unemployment, and financial issues, it is hard to navigate the recovery process. 

Although studies of post-covid symptoms are yet to be confirmed, to give you an idea, here are some physical symptoms experienced by COVID-19 survivors:

  • Damage or scarring to affected organs: heart, lungs, kidney, or liver
  • Issues with metabolism
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Some patients recovering from COVID-19 reportedly find it hard to swallow or speak in a loud voice due to the scarring in the vocal cords.
  • Muscle weakness as a result of prolonged hospitalization or lying in bed for weeks. This results in struggling in climbing the stairs, engaging in physical activities, or lifting heavy objects. 

Cognitive, Mental, and Emotional Experiences Post Covid

With the ongoing uncertainties, it’s causing too much stress and anxiety for recovering covid patients. Being discharged or getting negative results does not guarantee life going back the way it is. There is the trauma or fear of retracting the disease again. What will tomorrow bring? Will the condition have long-lasting effects? 

From reports gathered, here are cognitive, mental, and emotional experiences of patients recovering from COVID-19:

  • Emotional fatigues
  • Mental fogginess and confusion 
  • Unable to concentrate well at work 
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with nightmares and flashbacks of their hospital experience or physical symptoms they have suffered badly
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Social isolation and loneliness because of not being able to interact with family and friends for long periods. They have spent their days alone in the hospital and made them sad.

The Post COVID-19 Mindset

Now that you’re aware of the cognitive, emotional, and mental challenges experienced by patients recuperating from the disease, there is what we call the post covid mindset. The mindset is built around different factors. There’s the fear of uncertainty, being strong for yourself and your family, and the trauma from the horrifying experience. 

Surges of new variants are coming out every now and then, and this is a validation that COVID-19 is not leaving us just yet. Organizations and societies are working hard to resume as many activities as possible during this new normal phase.

Now we are faced with whether to stay in pursuit of how things are pre-pandemic or move forward with our lives and adjust to the new norms of living. Those with a fixed mentality will continue to deviate from the new norm holding on to their beliefs that this will all end and everything will be back to normal.

You have experienced and survived the worst, and there’s nowhere to go up but up. Your mindset should be surrounded by nothing but positivity and resilience. Will you allow this unseen enemy to get the best of you? Will you allow this life-threatening disease to hinder you from living productively? NO. 

How to Have a Positive Mindset After the COVID-19 Crisis

Our mindset, behavior, thoughts, and habits help us shape who we are and how we move forward with the future. If you live with a negative mindset, all else follows; an unhealthy lifestyle, strains in relationships, procrastination, and a significant decline in mental health.

Can all these be avoided? Of course! Always choose to shift to a positive mindset. The key to your happiness and positive outcomes starts within you. With little steps to a positive mindset, a significant transformation is on the way. And you know what? A positive mindset is contagious, and you are creating a ripple effect of mindset shifts for those who are recovering from the disease. 

You can be an inspiration for others. You can be a role model for others who are experiencing difficulties during the recovery process. COVID is not something we can control in the world, but your positive mindset is something you can take total control over. 

Here are a few steps to follow to shift full gear to a positive mindset:

Focus On Positivity

Inhale positivity, and exhale the negativity. There are many negative changes around us, there are aspects in life we cannot change, but you can take control of your positive thoughts. The new normal keeps on changing, and it’s already exhausting. But nothing beats a positive mindset. 

How do you stay positive during these challenging times? Be grateful. Be thankful for surpassing the life-threatening disease. Be grateful for your healthy family. In addition, stay away from negativity. For example, if watching bad news causes our anxiety, limit your TV and social media time. There’s nothing more important at this moment but taking care of your mental health.

If your business is greatly affected by the pandemic, stay positive that better things are coming in the future. For employees, don’t worry about your job when you’re still in recovery because you are protected. Companies have become more resilient when taking into considerations working arrangements, and employees should be thankful for that. 

Follow a Healthy Routine

During your recovery process, follow a healthy routine that will keep you back on track. Always eat healthy, boost your immune system by drinking vitamins, stay hydrated and get enough sleep. If you can, start engaging in physical activities to gain the strength you need. 

If you experience muscle weakness or other symptoms, start with simple walking. Then work your way up with strength exercises to get that strength back. If you shift your mindset and follow these routines, the recovery process will be easier than you thought. 

Include in your routine the things you love doing the most. Play with your pets or have an emotional support animal, spend time doing your hobbies like gardening or crafts-making. Learn to play an instrument, cook, bake, read, draw or sketch. If you include the hobbies you love in your daily routine, the recovery process will be easier, plus you’re taking care of your mental health. 

Seek Support

If all of these are getting too overwhelming or you’re not quite sure how to shift to a positive mindset, you can always talk to a mental health professional to get insights. If you’re from Kentucky or Ohio, you can schedule an appointment with an online mental health counselor from Kentucky Counseling Center (KCC). Start shifting to mindsets and behaviors that will make you cope with this new normal. 

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