The Art of Relating

Christine Kniffen

By Christine Kniffen, MSW, LCSW 

This Too Shall Pass

Everyone feels their life upended to some degree due to Covid19 sweeping the world. Many of us are now having to work from home, favorite restaurants and bars are closing in droves around the country and travel is on hiatus for most people. In addition, economic concerns are something of great stress for those in certain industries such as restaurants, bars and hotels. They worry if they will have jobs to go back to at the end of this Pandemic. I feel like we are the actors in some surreal movie on Netflix. I heard someone say that no one alive today has ever lived through a pandemic. And, as we know, fear of the unknown is perhaps one of the greatest fears to many of us. 

When things are happening in your life that are out of your control, it can be quite unsettling. So, this is the time to take some of that control back. Ask yourself, “What can I do until things get back to normal?” What projects can I do around the house that have been neglected for too long. Do I need to update my resume and begin applying for other types of jobs? Spring is a beautiful time of year. Find a nice park for you and the family and take a picnic. We don’t have to be locked indoors; we just need to avoid gathering with other people. Limit your TV coverage of this pandemic. Find a balance between being informed and inundating yourself with hours of coronavirus talk. Stop looking at your 401K, as there is nothing most of us are going to do about it in the near-term. 

In short, as they say, “This too shall pass”. Stay smart, stay safe and most of all remember the old saying, when “life throws you lemons, make lemonade”. For this will be just one of many of life’s challenges. 

Christine Kniffen, LCSW is a Therapist and Relationship Coach in private practice. Call 314-374-8396 today and start designing the life that makes you happy.