It’s hard to think back to New Year’s Eve when all of our hopes and dreams felt like they could come true in 2020. The reality is that a pandemic has overtaken the world and our lives are on hold. One of the hardest things to accept is that we have no idea how long any of this will last. 

It’s not surprising that most of us have experienced moments of gripping despair and anxiety in recent months. It’s hard to know how to get through a time like this. Almost everything is beyond our control, but we can still take action. Here are some ways you can emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever. 

Growth Mindset

You’ve likely heard the term, “growth mindset,” which stems from Carol Dweck’s research. She found that “individuals who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts).”

Rather than resign to feeling stuck during this pandemic, see this as an opportunity to develop your talents. Even from home, you can try and learn new things and enhance the skills you already possess. All you need is a positive attitude and a plan.

Clean Up Your Circle

If there’s one positive thing about 2020, it’s that it’s revealed who we really are as individuals and as a society. The downside is that you’ve probably learned more about the people in your life than you wanted to. In some cases, you may have discovered that there are those who really espouse beliefs and ways of life that you just don’t agree with.

How you manage this is ultimately up to you, but you could use this chance to clean up your social circle. With all we’re enduring, we need to feel loved and supported. This is the time, therefore, to remove any negative or hurtful people from your life whether it’s online or in-person. Short term, this process could be painful, but in the long run, you’ll probably feel a lot better.

Tackle Your Emotions

Every single one of us is fighting some sort of invisible battle. Whether we’ve tried to suppress anxiety for years, secretly battle depression, or have been crippled by imposter syndrome, we don’t devote enough time to working on our emotional health. Now is a perfect time. 

Some may benefit from committing to daily meditation, while others could gain from self-help books or online courses (such as those offered through sites like DailyOm). Maybe you’ve put off the conversation about medication with your doctor, but some online programs offer both prescriptions and therapy from qualified professionals. 

Take a Class

Have just a few courses left to finish that degree? Have you always wanted to learn how to cook like a Michelin chef? Are you finally ready to earn that yoga certification? As you wait out this pandemic, consider signing up for a class to take your skill set to the next level. 

It will feel good to be doing something different and you’ll also have more to offer than when the year began. When we’re able to move forward with our lives, you’ll be able to pull one more thing from your toolkit. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you have days when it’s hard to concentrate (we’re all going through that). Just keep going!

Move Your Body

The Olympics were supposed to be held in Tokyo, Japan this summer, but due to safety concerns, the event has been postponed. All of the athletes, therefore, have had to get creative with their workouts, since gyms and facilities aren’t operating normally. Of course, that’s impacting our lives as well. 

Even sadder is that, depending on where you live, going out for a walk or run could also be considered risky as some studies have shown the virus can travel through the air. What can you do instead? Sign up for fitness apps such as Peloton or search YouTube for workout videos. You could even head out to the garage for regular dance parties. No matter what, though, keep your body moving. 

Brush Up Your Resume

A lot of people have lost their jobs during this pandemic. In fact, our entire economy is going through a tough time. There are an increasing number of telecommuting opportunities, but the competition is fierce. You need to find ways to stand out from the pack. 

Take some time to update your resume and then tailor it further when applying for specific jobs. Go through your LinkedIn profile and find ways to make improvements. Are you missing connections? Are you posting content on there regularly? Are you networking as much as you can? You want to put your best foot forward.

For months on end, our days have blended together, leaving us feeling a little lost. The emotional roller coaster is real, but that doesn’t mean that 2020 has to be a total loss. We can find ways to make our lives meaningful, even in a pandemic, and emerge stronger than we ever imagined.