‘Post-traumatic growth’ from the COVID-19 pandemic

man looking at sunset

Following a difficult experience, therapists are aware of a phenomenon called ‘post-traumatic growth’, the positive psychological change experienced as a result of adversity and other challenges.  This can be identified by exploring different aspects of our lives and observing how we might have changed for the better during the pandemic.  We may notice that our compassion has been enlarged, or that we are aware of how relationships have deepened as we have spent more time with those close to us.  We may have discovered a new appreciation for God’s creation and developed new skills or hobbies that provide greater balance in our lives.

The following questions are an invitation to consider our learning and areas of growth from our experience with the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown:

  • What opportunities have arisen for us personally and as a family during lockdown?
  • What things have we learnt that may impact future decisions?  (Preparation, finances, home storage)
  • What have we discovered about our spirituality in the absence of weekly worship services?
  • What conversations are we having now with our family, that we weren’t having previously?
  • What have we learnt about how we face challenges and difficult moments?
  • What steps towards greater self-care have we taken, or might we take?
  • Has our relationship with deity changed, (deepened/altered) during this experience?
  • What have we learnt to value as a result of COVID-19?
  • Have we recognised the physical and mental health benefits from daily visits to green spaces, and noticing wildlife that we had forgotten?
  • Did we take time to meditate, ponder and reflect? How has this provided calm and steady responses to the fear of COVID-19?

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”  (Isaiah 40:31)