Thriving Under Pressure of COVID-19

How is everyone doing?

How are you coping with our shared worldwide experience?

How has your perception of yourself and the world evolved?

How has COVID-19 transformed you?


I Am Waking Up

After socially distancing for several days, and working full-time from home as a psychology professor (now online), I had never felt more appreciative and grateful for all the simple joys in my life.

Walking on campus. Smiling in the hallways. Laughing with students. Chatting in the parking lot. Coffee at Starbucks. High Fives At The Gym. Wandering Freely Through Bookstores. Movies at Silver City. Buttery popcorn. Ice cold pop. A Gathering in The Park.


So much goodness that I often took for granted in the course of an ordinary day.

Every adversity, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

What is the higher lesson in all of this?

Filmed on March 20, 2020

In the video above created for a community resilience project — I share all the ways my husband John and I are thriving (instead of merely surviving) the COVID-19 crisis. Including counting our blessings like never before.

Community Resilience Dr. Andrea Dinardo.

Community Resilience

Now is the opportunity to come together as a resilient community. From the basement of our fears to the penthouse of our faith. Rising in unison. Together in strength and love.

Your Thoughts

What has COVID-19 crisis awakened in you?

How has your inner and outer life evolved?

How have you thrived and grown?

Stay Well My Friends! 🌍 🦋 

“Like the butterfly, I have the hope, the strength, and the faith to believe that in time, we will emerge from our cocoon transformed.

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53 thoughts on “Thriving Under Pressure of COVID-19

  1. A helpful video! Tough question, but well worth considering. The surreal nature of each day can be overwhelming, until we realize we are not alone. I have noticed the significance of simple eye contact – a smile – a nod of the head. Across the distance of a grocery aisle or the other side of the street. It’s as if we are all on the same page and we all now know it. Understanding – at the same time – that we are all potential virus carrying threats. Very odd.

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    1. I love this! It’s so odd, surreal, and magical at the same time. We’ve never been so apart physically, as mandated by law – yet we’ve never been so close psychically. A shared UNIVERSAL CRISIS crumbles the walls between us. Heart to Heart. Strength by strength. Together we heal. 🌍💙

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  2. Andrea, I’m so glad you’re well. I can honestly say that as a back pain sufferer along with the anxiety that comes from the pain; I feel a deep Spiritual awakening for people that don’t know what anxiety is like as it’s a monster with many faces.

    Having no real go to job and living as a writer/author, I’m in a state of isolation to a degree everyday for the past 13 years.

    I hope and pray with all the past of opioid epidemic; the Healthcare system will become more aware and compassionate to the needs of people such as myself as we struggle daily to make certain are meds kick in so that we can live at our highest authentic self.

    Blessings dear, Emma

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    1. Emma, your comments just gave me goosebumps. big time!

      My sister Noelle is in a very similar situation to you. And has been isolated since 2009.

      Which is why she is now the one STRENGTHENING US
      IN THE COVID-19
      because Noelle has the skills to cope in incredible uncertainty.
      Something I praise her for each day.

      I also dedicated this magazine article, blog post, and psychology video to my big sis:

      I agree wholeheartedly with you Emma.
      This is the beginning of a long overdue GLOBAL spiritual awakening has arrived.

      Sending you a double DOSE of healing VIBES your way!
      Andrea ❤️❤️

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  3. You know, my life hasn’t changed much from BC (before corona). I was already working primarily from home and I feel as if I’d already begun seeing the world and my life in it a little differently. So, if anything, I’m glad I listened to myself and shifted; otherwise, I probably would’ve been spiraling by now.

    I will say that “change is inevitable” has been reinforced in my life and this time around, I get to practice using my new tools, like feeling my feels, instead of repressing emotions.

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    1. So wonderful! Thank you for sharing your experiences. Pre & Post CV is so fascinating. How your outer has remained the same — and your inner has risen to match equally.


      I love the “practicing my feels” part especially Dr. G! It’s like the world’s slate has been wiped clean. And we refuse to wait another precious moment hiding from our strength, our truth, our destiny. 🌟

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  4. This has been a disruption nobody asked for or wanted. An unwanted guest that has moved into each home, each life, and is staying for an indeterminate amount of time.

    So it’s asking me how do I deal with an unwanted guest that will be present? I can’t treat this like the enemy–the enemy of our souls is seeking to use this to derail us completely.

    You’re absolutely right – we need to be awakened to how to live life differently. To refresh our minds and hearts with what matters, with who matters to us.

    I love this thinking at the beginning and end of each day. A chance to anticipate and an opportunity to examine how it worked.

    Thanks for this, my friend.

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    1. Thank you for imagining with me Dayle 💞

      Simple things on repeat truly save our world.

      Deep questions.

      Returning to basics.

      Hand washing.

      Sheltering in Place.


      All the “extras” were an illusion.

      A distraction.

      Now we’re REawakening to the simple things.

      🌈 🌷☀️💗

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  5. As you know, isolation is not new to me, so I’m adjusting fine. Interesting to observe how others are responding – some with grace, some struggling, some anxious, some rising to their higher selves. Stay save all!

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    1. So true! You get this, you live this, every single day. And now you’re the overseer, the observer, in this universal isolation.

      The things we learn about each other under pressure is profound. So much material for your writing VJ, I’m sure! 💭 🖊

      My sister Noelle is in a very similar situation to you. She has been living with a chronic illness compounded by a brain injury since 2009. And consequently has been isolated from work & her peers since.

      Which is why she is now the one STRENGTHENING our family because she has the skills to cope in incredible uncertainty. An inner fortitude I praise her for each day.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing my post on your blog! The joy I felt is seeing my words reflected back through you, was the most amazing boost to my own resilience and immunity all week long. Thank you for this ^ and for being apart of my blogging community. I am most thankful for you & the domino effects of gratitude. 🌍💙

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  7. Everyone needs to find the positives in this situation we find ourselves in.
    Whether it be doing creative projects to release our tensions. Or long put off
    home projects. I have been writing more, So i am not feeling the pain of being
    stuck at home.

    Hoping you and everyone you love are out of harms way. Be safe.

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    1. So incredible! Caroline Myss, one of my favourite authors, often says “destruction — brings creation”. I love that you’re tapping into this energy. Wishing you & your loved ones well too. Working from home right now, so we feel doubly blessed by safety and security. 💖💖

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  8. “I had never felt more appreciative and grateful for all the simple joys in my life.”

    Wow! You took the words right out of my mouth.

    I have felt and said exactly the same thing in the past weeks. All the simple things I have taken for granted in my life have become distorted or taken away in recent months.

    I guess I should feel grateful for this NEW experience. We always grow from new experiences, right? Heaven knows I hope so.

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  9. Not much has changed in my world except for those things that I “depended on” to be around people. The gym was the big one. I solved that by now using resistance bands so I do not loose all the benefits I have gained.

    I too have become very grateful for what I took for “granted”. I have my back door open and am listening to the calming sound of raindrops. All of Nature, not just us, is resetting. What had begun as a wild growth way too early in my gardens, has virtually come to a stop.

    So even the flowers and yes birds are feeling that time has changed. I believe we have stepped onto a new time line and it will take a while for everyone to adjust to it.

    I am eliminating all those relationships that brought me down. I refuse to allow their “problems” into my life any longer. I’m talking the “victim”. I also seem to be “seeing” deeper and in fact, my eyes are changing allowing me to see more as an “empath”.

    We are at a pivotal point in our history.

    Thank goodness the brakes were put on because we as a global society were all headed for a cliff, funning right off of it to our death.

    So so grateful this has happened.

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  10. Hi Andrea,

    Touching post which brought tears to my eyes & in a way only just realised what it has meant for me in so many ways.


    Ireland, Gambia, u.s & worldwide.

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  11. Survivors will learn from all this about themselves and others, but to those that don’t and are suffering right now, well my mind and heartstrings sway back and fore towards them.

    For the Beloveds going through the worst case scenario, will leave us I imagine feeling so alone and frightened.

    So for that reason I am passionately saying

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  12. I have awakened to the fact that we are all connected to each other and depend on each other for everything in our lives. I have also awakened to the fact that nature always finds a way to return to a state of perfect balance. This balance is also within me and I too must learn to keep myself balanced with the harmony of nature.

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  13. I have felt peace during the Covid19 crisis. I have been praying for cure. I do miss going out, but I was surfing around on Twitter and found “Sketchbook Revival 2020” So I joined, I got late start but they still excepted me. The Introduction was about making Junk Journal from Old Book. Carla also offered another class called so I am participating in this one too. I use to draw but raising daughter, work this got away from it and now that I am retired and indoors decided to do something for myself. This is what I am choosing to do, reconnect with art.

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