We are all hyper aware of what’s going on in the world right now. We are inundated with news, statistics, and updates on the current pandemic. I don’t want to add to it, I just want to provide some insight. As everything slows down outside and inside the United States this becomes a more reflective time.
Everything may slow down around us, but that doesn’t mean it’s doing so internally. Personally, I haven’t felt much anxiety around this topic (although I suffer from anxiety). What I’ve realized is my anxiety is generally around aspects of my life that I can control, or that I believe I can. Logically I know the current pandemic is something that I certainly cannot so my anxiety thus far has been minimal.
We can’t control outside circumstances, we can only control our reactions to them. We can put into place safe practices, prepare for the worst outcome, and hope for the best.
For those who are experiencing anxiety due to these outside circumstances, trust me when I say I understand, this can be a stress inducing time. However, please know that it will pass. Everything is temporary. If you need tips on managing anxiety check out my post 8 Ways to Cope with Anxiety.
All you can do is take care of yourself and those in your household during this time. It’s so important that we not only take care of our physical health (by practicing social distancing, hand washing, etc.) but it’s critical that we take care of our mental health too.
To do this, I’ve been trying to stick to a morning routine of coffee, breakfast, yoga, showering, and getting started on my blog work. I find getting dressed and doing my makeup helps to lift my mood, even if I’m not going anywhere. I’ve been creating a lot of video content during this time simply because I’m getting up and getting dressed. It’s not easy if you’re working from home, but it’s important. I encourage you to also nail down some sort of routine during this unpredictability. I believe it will help you feel more grounded.
There are a few things you can do today or this week to keep busy and calm your mind. I made a list of 10 screen-less activities to do amidst a pandemic (because we also need time away from devices):
- Make a blanket fort and read (check out my book list)
- Listen to Podcasts (mine is available here)
- Paint or collage (you don’t have to be good at it to enjoy it!)
- Learn a new recipe (I tried poached eggs)
- Go on a walk/hike (depends where you live and how bad the virus is)
- Pick up a film camera
- Do yoga
- Call a friend/family member!
Take care of yourselves and check in with your loved ones. This isn’t easy on anyone. Make sure you are getting your news and updates from reliable sources like World Health Organization and the CDC! If you have anything to add to my list of 10 screen-less activities to do amidst a pandemic please comment below. We are all in this together!
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