How are you managing life at this time?
Updated: Mar 17
I know that many of us may be watching every news outlet, checking emails, and constantly refreshing social media to discover any new information related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). I hear you and I get it, because I found myself doing the same thing. For the past week or so I started my day with hearing the news and looking at notifications that I may have missed throughout the night. I was thinking that if I was paying attention to every news outlet, every social media post, and every opinion I was going to be as informed as possible to serve our community as a mental health advocate and as a helper in general.
What I realized over the past few days was that in order for me to help, I needed to be intentional with my help. I wanted to send clear messages that came from a place of love, compassion, and clarity instead of coming from a place of stress, anxiety, and fear. Putting the phone down was tough at the beginning but what I have been learning over the past few days of social isolation, social distancing, and quarantine is that as a community we can use this time to connect not only with loved ones but most importantly with ourselves.
Utilizing this time to reflect on goals for the future can really create an impact on how we feel. Thinking about habits that we have and intentionally and mindfully formulating new habits that can create a greater impact within us can increase our productivity while continuing to push us forward despite this time of uneasiness and distress.
For me, this has meant paying attention to how I feel both emotionally and physically. Our gyms are currently closed so I pulled out my yoga mat that has been in the corner of my living room for weeks and just laid it out. This is a first step - a baby step. Then, I decided to put my phone on silent, lay on that yoga mat, and just be - focusing on my breathing and processing thoughts and feelings that I was having as I was connecting to the ground. This has been my first step. Since doing this over the weekend, I have continued to do what feels good for me with where I am at this time. Moving slower and paying attention on how it feels to be more mindful and present.
While everything that we see and hear feels uncertain at this time, remember that you have the power to control how you feel, no one else. If conversations feel uncomfortable, ask that the subject be changed. If the news or media is overwhelming, turn it off. If you are feeling uncomfortable physically or emotionally, ask yourself what can help you do now and push through to achieve it.
This can be a moment where we are able to connect to ourselves in an intentional way and I hope you can take advantage of it.