Let’s not pretend the world isn’t completely crazy right now. There’s chaos, anxiety, and uncertainty everywhere. I’ve said, “This is so crazy”, a crazy amount of times over the last couple weeks.
I’ve closed my small business down due to the virus, then watched as all my fellow small businesses fell, one by one. I’ve watched the scary numbers climb everyday. I’ve seen the panic buying first hand. I’ve heard the anxiety filled questions from people all around me. I’ve seen and heard all the bad these last two weeks, that’s for sure.
But, I’ve also embraced the good. I’ve searched out the positivities. And, while I’ve had my fair share of anxieties and fears, I’ve also found some peace. Here’s how I’m clinging to the good:
– Going outside everyday
Getting fresh air is so important. Watching the flowers bloom, and the sun shine, brings a sense of normalcy to it all. It’s comforting knowing that the outside hasn’t changed. The Earth is going on as usual. The seasons are changing, and the colors are starting to burst. Go out and breathe it all in.
I’ve never really participated in meditation, but since this all started, it’s been such a help. I found an app called “Meditopia”. It’s $4.99/mo, and it offers so much. I highly recommend. It includes hundreds of guided meditations, blogs, daily inspirations, stories, challenges, etc. I use it when I have trouble sleeping, when I’m having an anxiety attack, when I feel depressed, and when I just need to take a breather.
– Staying in contact with loved ones
We can’t just hang out with our friends right now, but it’s important to check in with your people. Text, call, Facetime. Do whatever you need to, to keep the sense of feeling connected.
– Make a daily activity list
This helps to give you a routine. I make a list of things to get done every morning, even if those things are trivial. I try to do at least one chore a day, one activity with my husband, and one creative/artistic activity. It give a sense of purpose and structure.
– Remind yourself that this is all temporary
Yes, it’s a scary time. We don’t know when it’s all going to be over. We don’t know the end results. But, one thing we do know, is that it WILL NOT last forever. Life will return to normal. We will come out on the other side. You will hug your loved ones again. You will return to work. You will be able to do regular social activities again. You WILL get to the other side. Repeat that to yourself as many times as you need.
LIfe is a little scary right now. And, everything listed above is just what has been helping me. I can’t guarantee it will help you. But, it is possible to find peace amongst the chaos right now. You may just have to reach down as deep as you can.
Please stay home and stay safe during this time. Much love. ♥