Corona Virus Madness…Nope…
There is no doubt that we are in difficult, uncharted territory these days. We are fighting an unknown entity, which is causing fear and anxiety. Try to follow your normal routine as much as possible, but also incorporate new habits and routines. You may be asking how? I’m not at work, my kids are not in school, the grocery store shelves are empty, my favorite restaurant/bar is closed, etc.
Find the opportunities that will make this time a starting point to change your life. With a little effort and ingenuity, you will be able to say, “I survived the hysteria and madness caused by the corona virus and am better than ever.” Below are a few things that can help you achieve this.
Be smart. Don’t overreact. Stay informed by listening to guidelines and recommendations given by local, state and federal agencies and follow them so they fit your needs and those of your family. Follow your gut, you know what is best for you and your loved ones. Practice good hygiene. We are a resilient species and can survive most anything with common sense and a clear head.
Don’t over consume the news. In today’s society we have access to news 24-7 via TV, cable, internet, papers, etc. It can be very overwhelming and create anxiety, stress, fear and panic. It can paralyze you and drain you of energy. It can cause you to over react and assume the worst, causing depression and lethargy. Limit yourself to no more than 1 hours of news a day, and nothing after 7:00pm, when you are ready to wind down from the day, quiet your mind and prepare for sleep.
Solidify and Practice Daily Habits. Focus on habits that will help improve your physical, mental, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Exercise regularly, 15-20 minutes a day will do the trick. Start to practice deep breathing and body work, such as Yoga, or Tai Chi. Take 30-60 minute a day to read a book or listen to a podcast. Start to journal. Begin a regular practice of meditation and prayer. Call a family member or friend, rather than just dropping them an email or text.
Work on a project that you have been putting off. Plan and implement steps to achieve an activity or goal that you never had the time for. Learn a new skill or language. Spring clean and get rid of clutter. Set and practice guidelines for social media and other activities, such as exercise, nutrition, etc. that will contribute to your well-being.
Practice self-care. These are stressful times. It is more important than ever to listen to what your body is telling you it needs. It’s okay. It really is. Take the time to exercise, to make healthy meals, to take naps and get proper rest. Allow your body and mind to relax by taking time to just sit. Listen to your favorite music, take a hot bath, play with your pets, play with your kids, read, cook, bake, connect with family and friends, (using proper social distancing, of course), get out into nature. We all deserve love and self-care, especially now.
Our society has become very hectic and rushed, even before the Corona Virus pandemic started. Now is the time to slow down and re-group; to start over and create change. Making changes now can help you get your mind in the right place and allow you to face life with safety, security and happiness, not fear, panic and anxiety. Practice gratitude, humility, faith, and love. Get into the right mind-set and your body will thank you. Remember this too shall pass and you will come out on the other side better than ever and ready to go.
With love and encouragement,