Thriving in the New Normal

In the fall and winter of 2020 - 2021, HPI offered a class on Thriving in the New Normal, in English and Spanish.

 

According to the CDC, “Fear and anxiety about [Covid-19] can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, can make people feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety.” 

HPI offered a series of 4 online workshops addressing the “New Normal,” using games, role plays, and scenarios to help people engage with each other and the material. These workshops were designed to be accessible and relatable for everyone dealing with the challenges of the New Normal.  

This class was offerd free as a gratitude offering to our community. 

Module One: Mourning the Old Normal 

  • Regular activities curtailed or non-existent

  • Socialization can now include dread and guilt

  • Loneliness and isolation vs connection and engagement

Module Two: Shifting to a Virtual Life​

  • Setting boundaries and achieving work-life balance

  • Avoiding time wasters and catastrophizing websites

  • Dividing up devices, bandwidth, and attention

Module Three: Surmounting the Technology Learning Curve

  • Overcoming Frustration

  • Acknowledging capacity 

  • Asking for help

  • Achieving competence

Module Four: Stress Busters in the New Normal 

  • Small Powerful Practices

  • Mindfulness

  • Finding sanctuary in your own home

  • The Power of Humor

  • Integrating new strategies