Interfaith Health Care Association of Manitoba

Spiritual Health Awareness Week is being celebrated October 16th – October 23rd and the theme for the week is:

“Nurturing Spiritual Health and
Resilience amidst a Pandemic”

Each day we look at how we can still grow and even flourish amidst a pandemic. Today we look at how practicing Connections and Relationships can facilitate growth and health.

 

The degree to which we each need each other is certainly moderated by personality, age, and life circumstances, among other things.  But there’s no disputing that for the vast majority of people, the pandemic is affecting our relationships and challenging our ability to remain resilient as a result.

People in long term partnerships may be getting on each other’s nerves with spending so much time together.  Those without a significant other may be experiencing less hope of finding a partner and a heightened sense of loneliness.  People who are shut in by virtue of age or illness are cut off from their normal supports and having to “go it alone” in order to preserve their health.  Worse still, pandemic has intensified social, political, and economic gaps.  Family ties and friendships are being eroded over beliefs and practices and even scientific information about COVID-19.

So how do we find ways to connect in these stressful days?  

The answer will vary from person to person, but therein lies the first step:  get clear about about the relationships that feed your spirit, and look for new ways to support those.  Perhaps a change in boundaries can be negotiated around time and space in your home, whether with a partner, a parent, a sibling, or roommate, to ensure that you get the emotional space you need.  Online dating may be one way to “take the edge off” that longing for a life partner.   Can you be creative about reaching out to those in your life who depend on you?  What resources can you draw on to do that?

Easy answers are few and far between, but it may be that at no time in history has the old adage been so true:  If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.