"We are all in this together"...
That's what they have been saying to help reduce the stress and anxiety of the circumstances we have all been thrown into with the COVID-19 outbreak. Although this is true, for many of us it doesn't feel that way. More and more states are instituting a "Stay at Home". People are losing their jobs, businesses are wondering if they will recover and our economy as a whole is in shambles. So I'm not here to tell you NOT to worry. That would be ludicrous! But I am going to provide some helpful ways that you can reduce the stress and anxiety in your life right now and work toward finding some positives and creating your New Normal Lifestyle.
STAY AT HOME
Ummmm what?! You're telling me I have to stay at home and only look at these 4 walls and these same people everyday until when?
Stay at home - yes, confined to your home - no.
We can still go outside! In fact it's encouraged. Fresh air and sunshine help with lifting your spirits. According to the World Health Organization, The sun's rays provide warmth and light that enhance your general feeling of well-being and stimulate blood circulation. It also stimulates the production of vitamin D which plays a crucial role in skeletal development, immune function and blood cell formation. Ok enough with the sciencey stuff. Go outside!!! The only restriction is that you maintain your social distance of at least 6 feet and no organized team sport. This is a time to explore the outdoors, do yard work, go for a hike, sit on your porch with a glass of wine.
We are not isolated just because we have to stay at home.
Here are some ways to stay connected:
Use technology to have face to face communication. It is different to actually see the person vs. just hearing them. Use apps like Duo, apple FaceTime, Skype and Zoom. Get creative and invite groups of friends. If you're used to having a ladies night then do in virtually. Reconnect with old friends and family especially those that are home alone.
Find a project. We all have a drawer, closet, cabinet or room that needs to be organized.
Use this time to spend focused time with your family. Get rid of the distractions. Turn off the TV, close the computer and dust off the board games.
Designate a "quiet time" space in your home that allows everyone to get away from each other. I mean, we love our family but 24/7 for weeks is too much for anyone. Use a sign on the bedroom door or schedule a time durning the day that everyone goes to a separate room/area of the house and does something relaxing and quiet. Just make sure and keep an eye out for signs of depression and self isolation and address them as soon as possible.
You will see people when you go out for food or pick up your prescriptions. Smile and say "Hi". Just make sure to keep your social distance of at least 6 feet. If you do go out in public to shop for food or pick up a prescription take all the necessary precautions to protect yourself and those around you. STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK!
We all need to play a part in reducing the spread of this virus. That means we all need to take personal responsibility for our behavior. Consider everything you do and ask "If I do _____ will it be helping or contributing to the problem".
Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?
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