What helped get me through the pandemic was to focus on the present, what I could control, and to focus on goals I was setting for myself. While I found myself sometimes wishing for the pre-pandemic days, I did my best to accept our current reality but still find ways to move forward. I was able to continue moving forward with moving to Baltimore and going to nursing school, even if it looked differently than I originally expected. I focused on the positives of the situation, versus dwelling on the negative, and gratitude for what we had versus what we lost.
I think focusing on what you can control, staying positive, and continuing to put one foot in front of the other, even when times are challenging, will serve me well as a nurse. These skills can help me keep a level head and problem solve when faced with stressful situations. Staying positive and focusing on gratitude (e.g. why I switched careers to become a nurse) even when it’s hard or frustrating, can help me to stay motivated.
For me, the most valuable skill is focusing on what we have and making the best of it. Recognizing the positives of the situation and literally repeating them to myself daily (especially when it’s hard). I’ve used these skills before when in challenging situations but they’ve become even more relevant in the pandemic.