How have you grown through the year of the pandemic?

In this blog I explore the dimensions of post-traumatic growth, which can come out of any deeply challenging situation. As lockdown begins to ease, is it time to reflect on how the pandemic has changed you?

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I happened across a post traumatic growth inventory recently, and I read it through the lens of the coronavirus pandemic. Working on the basis it has been a massive life disturbance that has shifted lives in many ways, I was interested to know how I would know if it was an experience from which I had grown. I loved the possible areas of growth and change so much I wanted to share them. I also loved that L G Calhoun and R G Tedeschi from UNC Charlotte’s Department of Psychology freely share this inventory with others.
 
The areas of growth that the questions consider are relating to others, new possibilities, personal strength, spiritual change, and appreciation of life. To me these seem interesting areas to give thought to in the current context, how can we take growth forward from this deeply distressing time full of so much suffering and loss. It speaks to me of what energy we wish to put out in the world.
 
If you want to join me in reflecting on the growth impact the pandemic may have had for you, here are the questions to ponder following a significant life event:
 
To what degree have/do/are you:
  • Changed your priorities about what is important in life?
  • Have a greater appreciation for the value of your own life?
  • Developed new interests?
  • Have a greater feeling of self-reliance
  • Have a better understanding of spiritual matters?
  • More clearly see that you can count on people in times of trouble?
  • Established a new path for your life?
  • Have a greater sense of closeness with others?
  • More willing to express your emotions?
  • Know better that you can handle difficulties?
  • More able to do better things with your life?
  • Better able to accept the way things work out
  • Better able to appreciate each day
  • New opportunities are available which wouldn’t have been otherwise
  • Have more compassion for others
  • Put more effort into your relationships
  • More likely to try to change things which need changing
  • Have a stronger religious faith
  • Discovered that you’re stronger than you thought you were?
  • Learned a great deal about how wonderful people are?
  • Better accept needing others?
What kind of changes do you notice that you can build on?

Fe Robinson, Psychotherapist

Hi. I'm Fe, and I'm here to help you thrive, whatever life brings. I believe every client is unique, I work with you to help you explore, discover and grow in whatever ways are right for you. I work with a wide range of clients, both long and short term. I offer Psychotherapy, EMDR therapy and Couples Counselling to UK clients online and in Gainford, Co.Durham in North-East England. I am UKCP Accredited and an EMDR Europe Practitioner, and offer Clinical Supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists online and in person. Following a career in Organisation Development I became a therapist because it's my heart work. Before having my family and starting my private practice I worked in the NHS and mental health charities.