Sooooo…I’ve been avoiding lots of things lately among this stay-at-home period. One of those has been my blog, and for those of you who actually like to know what’s going on in my brain, my apologies.
I’ve had to work really hard to stay focused on what’s right in front of me. Otherwise, I become overwhelmed and a sort of paralysis settles in. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t spend some of my extra time being lazy…I love a good “fuzzy blanket and cup of tea” kinda day! I’m going to run down a list of some of the tools I’ve been using to stay well and healthy in a minute.
I just want to take a minute to say THANK YOU! There are so many people who are still working to meet the needs of their community and I’m so grateful. Not only are their services vital, their uninterrupted routines give the rest of us worriers a sense of security and hope, reminding us that life goes on and will return to normal again at some point. So THANK YOU!
So here is what helps me when I begin to spiral in this age of unknowns and unpredictability…
- Advocacy! Helping my fellow providers helps me
- Reaching out to my favorite people (not just my family, but the friends that make me feel alive and energized)
- Connecting with nature
- The ritual of making a hot cup of tea
- Reading a good paperback
- Watching tv-helps me turn off my thinking brain
- Forcing myself into a routine…this is a challenge, and now that I’m doing it, it is getting easier
- Skipping the news helps
- Yoga and exercise in general
- Mindfulness-I tell myself “right now everything is ok” (I only allow myself to think forward if it’s positive, like my next book or my beach vacation)
- Allowing myself lots of naps and downtime (adjusting to the thoughts and worries that try to creep in and fighting them is hard work)