Video by Madeline Kraft
COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the world as we know it. Headlines continue to inundate society with news of insurmountable death, overwhelming misinformation and endless new restrictions. Whether it is remote work, sickness, intense feelings of isolation or death of a loved one, everyone has been negatively affected by the pandemic someway, somehow.
"The biggest source of stress was not knowing. We don't know what's to come. We just don't know what's going to happen." -Kessonga Giscombe, Mindfulness Instructor & Psychotherapist
However, perhaps there are glimpses of positivity to be discovered from the difficulties we've faced during 2020?
"Research has shown that places that have had natural disasters engage in more pro-social behavior and have more feelings of solidarity with their community." -Taylor West, Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory, UNC PhD Student
Many moments throughout the past year prove this to be true. Communities have rallied together to celebrate special occasions via drive-by parades, doctors and nurses have encouraged their patients and each other through applause and song, musicians have spread their talent via virtual performances and families have done what they can to embrace each other safely.
Kessonga Giscombe and Taylor West reflect on the importance of seeking out these moments of positivity and practicing mindfulness during times of crisis like the one we are all in now.