Finding Joy During COVID
Updated: Jan 5
Joy | Joi | Noun
a feeling of great pleasure or happiness
A state of happiness
This past year has been inarguably the hardest year for many of you. So many have experienced loss or grief. The grief of losing a loved one, loss of a job, or even grieving what we thought life might look like. The current circumstances and things we’ve experienced in 2020 through personal struggles and through the challenges we face as a whole have highlighted the broken world we live in. It has, for a lot of individuals, making it hard to find joy and remain joyful.
However we are officially in a new year, and today is a new day. 2021 can be the year you take back your joy - even through the “mess” or brokenness our world is in.
Here are 5 tips to find your Joy in the New Year:
1.) Be Present: It's so easy to get consumed by everything going on, and live in the fine print of life. Be present in every conversation, and engaged in every action.
2.) Challenge the What-Ifs: There are going to be moments in your life where afterward your mind questions decisions. These kinds of thoughts operate off of what-ifs and rarely happen the way we think they would.
3.) Practice Self-Care: We live in a very fast-paced society. We cram our schedules with things to do and rarely have time for self-improvement. We oftentimes neglect our self-care for things we label as more important. Just think of it changing oil for a car - if you don’t schedule it, you are bound to break down.
4.) Be Content: Not to be confused with never trying to better yourself. As a society, we are programmed to keep up with the Jones’s. Always needing the next and newest thing. Placing your self-worth in this lifestyle can leave you feeling broken and empty inside. The joy you feel is only fleeting before moving on to the next thing.
5.) Ask for Help if Needed: Sometimes the feelings you are experiencing may require assistance from others. Many individuals have not developed the necessary tools to overcome anxiety and depression, and that’s okay. Therapy is great to develop and strengthen the skills needed to work through these problems.
I pray that each of you finds joy in this New Year.
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:11