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https://www.self.com/story/moments-of-joy-in-pandemic

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You're Not a Monster for Feeling Joy Right Now
Comfort: Along with the inundation of negative news, there is also an outpouring of words of encouragement and kind gestures. Some of my clients are loving how so many friends and loved ones are reaching out and how celebrities are offering messages of hope.

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Conflicting Feelings

..of surprise, despair, horror(due to the news) and happiness are commonplace, and one doesn’t have to be guilty about feeling good, or bad.

The most common emotions in these unusual times a...

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A Sense Of Belongingness

Paradoxically, people are bonding better emotionally during the lockdown period, largely due to technology enabling seamless virtual connections, like Zoom. Many are starting to understand that th...

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Deep Gratitude And Kindness

Comfort: Apart from the negative news, there are anecdotes of encouragement and kindness displayed by people all around the world.

Gratitude: Many feel a s...

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Excitement And Joy

Excitement: Many are experiencing excitement as history is being witnessed, with so much to learn and absorb. If you are relatively safe and secure, this 2020 epidemic may feel lik...

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A Great Relief

For many, the ‘daily grind’ and pressure of commuting to work, handling their bosses, and all the obligatory stuff, was too much. They are feeling a huge sense of relief as they sit at home and rel...

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Feel Your Feelings

These feelings are natural and are your body’s response to the problem happening on a global scale, affecting all humanity. The mixture of feelings that we all feel is a healthy process and is not ...

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Changes you may see

If and when you return to your office after the pandemic, you'll probably notice some changes.

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Working from home

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Continued remote work

  • Before the pandemic, a lot of company management and leaders were skeptical regarding remote work. But the skepticism will go away because companies recognize that remote work does work.
  • The economic impact of the pandemic will likely force employers to cut costs. They may reduce their rent by letting workers work from home instead of layoffs.
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Vivid dreams

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Stress about a global pandemic

The continuity theory of dreams hypothesizes that people dream about the stuff they're thinking about and doing while they are awake.

Some researchers believe that dreams have a functional purpose that prepares us for difficult or challenging situations when we awake.

Similar types of dreams

The biggest variables that influence your dreams have to do with your regular sleep cycles. If it is a very traumatic event, people will experience nightmares.

People are also thinking more about their dreams, which makes them remember their dreams better.