A pandemic? I’ve got this!

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When everybody’s life got shaken as soon as the lockdowns started, mine didn’t.
Cozy at home

Not because I was rebellious and didn’t follow the protective rules of self-isolation but because I had already been living a type of self-isolation since already 18 years. I have multiple sclerosis since the age of 22. I am a highly functional person, and you could hardly guess that I have a chronic neurological disease. Despite that, I have a challenging daily life, not being able to do the things I want to do the moment I want to do them, and mainly not knowing how my next day will look like due to the unpredictable nature of the disease. This situation made me feel isolated and also, in a way, alone. 

In March 2020, when we were all obliged to stay locked in our homes, not being able to do the things we wanted to do and experience daily annoying restrictions was the moment I thought, “Hey, this feels very familiar!”. Every single person around me would mention how challenging these times are and how unnatural it feels not to be able to simply go wherever you want to go. Honestly, I felt some anger at first thinking, “well, so many people are already living under these circumstances for years – maybe there whole life – and you had no idea about it, so now it’s time for you to experience it too. Maybe this would help you see things differently and not take your freedom for granted.” 

During these months, I felt that I wasn’t alone anymore because we all suffer together this time. At first, I enjoyed that state of mind of “being together through this challenge.” But soon, I didn’t like my perspective of feeling this relief that the common suffering was offering me and thought: “What am I doing? Do I enjoy other’s suffering? My goodness, no!” How could I even think this way? I didn’t agree with these feelings anymore. I decided to change the way I perceived this situation consciously. How could I change my perspective into something more helpful for others? And this is when I realized that I had a super powerful tool within me: The long term valuable experience of living in a self-isolation mode since already so long! I know how to handle it. I know how to beat it. I can use this strength to support others that struggle to move forward during this challenging phase and the negative feelings that come along being stuck at home. I have the patience, the awareness, and the strength to support you accept the current situation, and still find joy and hope in your daily life despite whatever is happening to you. My name is Lucie Petrelis, and I am a life coach. I become stronger every day by receiving this fuel of life that you receive when you support others, overcome their fears, and enjoy their everyday life. 

What this pandemic taught me? That we can become better together and use our strengths to pull each other out of whatever challenges life brings us. We can do this – together!

Published in Thrive Global on September 20, 2020.

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Testimonial of Diana

When I decided to start my sessions with The Coming Out Coaches, I was stuck in a constant loop of negative self-talking, while being so exhausted by hating my body.
After my sessions with them, there has been an amazing transformation: it is the first time in my life that at last I look at me with compassion and offer myself genuine acts of self-care!
With the mind coaching, Lucie helped me form new thought patterns to protect me from and finally get rid of my negative inner dialogues and look at myself as the universe’s first priority. She also taught me the ultimate and most long-term skill of self-care: cooking delicious and healthy meals to nurture my body and mind!
With the body and nutrition coaching, Vanessa helped me understand the basics of nutrition, and how this can complement my goals on improving my self-image. Topping it with a set of exercises to strengthen my body and help me improve my everyday movements, I feel stronger and more confident than ever!
Diana, 37, Switzerland
Manager

Testimonial of Aya & Pascale

The time with Lucie and Vanessa was very educational and inspiring.
We started to pay attention to things that changed our everyday life in a positive way.
We would recommend the coaching sessions with Lucie to anyone. With her positive, motivating, and intelligent way she always manages to make people laugh and think. Lucie responded very well to our needs and always took us one step further from coaching to coaching.
The body sessions with Vanessa were also characterized by positive events. As an enthusiastic athlete, she is very authentic and can respond extremely well to people and their goals. Thanks to Vanessa, we acquired knowledge that is still part of our everyday life today.
We thank them both from our hearts!
Aya (25) & Pascale (22), Canton of Aargau, CH
Multimedia production student & Car body work and paint

Testimonial of Brigitte

Originally, I wanted to get coached because of my diet cola addiction. I used to drink between 1.5 - 2 liters of cola every day. Several times I wanted to drink less, and I had never managed to do it. Lucie and I each had the coaching session via Skype. Already at the first meeting, I felt that Lucie could definitely help me. She was very sympathetic and sensitive to me. She recognized where my problems were, and she was able to ask the right questions at the first meeting. Many thoughts went through my head after the conversation. At the second meeting, we came a little closer to my problem. I realized that my unlimited cola consumption and my recurring eating attacks belonged together. Cola and food are comforts for me during a bad day, or out of boredom and loneliness.
Lucie has a great talent to recognize problems and to help. She inspired me to focus on good thoughts. With her help, I arranged my life differently. I had good conversations with my husband after a long time. I told him about my coaching and discussed with him how we could better arrange our life together. Since my coaching, we have been trying to have dinner together and share our news of the day. I have now filled my fridge with vegetables, salad, and healthy food. I treat myself to diet cola on special occasions, and then I enjoy it even more. Regarding the topic of sports, I regularly go for weight training and have started jogging again. I can't turn my plan into reality every day because I don't always feel well. But thanks to Lucie, I have learned to accept that there are also bad days. To be grateful for my good life and to enjoy it. Lucie could help me a lot, and I am so grateful to her.
I recommend Lucie very much. She asks the right questions. She recognizes the problems, supports you, and is a warm person.
Brigitte, 55, Ebikon, CH
Secretary