The desperate search for answers is a natural way to seek out stability and control. However, in the face of the global pandemic, there is just so much out of our control, and seeking to find these impossible solutions often leaves us feeling helpless.
A way out of such helplessness is figuring out what you CANNOT and CAN control. When you are upset about things you have no control over, take a few deep breaths, and be mindful of what’s stressing you out. Then, focus on things WITHIN YOUR CONTROL and work to solve these problems. This will provide you with a sense of agency and reinvigorate you to tackle the next problem. Do not try to solve all your problems at once. Sort them out and break them down. Conquer them one at a time with the smallest task first.
The pandemic is not a blessing in disguise. It is a global catastrophe, plain and simple. But that does not mean we have to feel helpless all day. We can all fight back in our own ways. For all of us, it’s taking preventive measures, but we can also work on self-improvement.
Below is a list of free online courses that can help you continue to learn. Do you want to practice your English conversation skills? Learn how to code? Or take organic chemistry (no one really wants to take org chem)? Take these classes with your friends and classmates. Learn together and achieve your goals step by step with your peers!
It’s ok to feel helpless at times, but know that you can gradually take charge. Time to study and make a change.