It has been a while since I last wrote on here, but I am happy to say that I am here today to chat with you all and hopefully provide some comfort to those of you in need of it. Lately life has been pretty centered around COVID-19 and to be honest, I think we can all use a little positivity during times like these.
Like many people I know, I have been following news networks and social media sites and can’t help noticing how many meme’s and posts there are on everything that we can’t do right now and the uncertainty that lies ahead. I mean for God’s sake, I read an article predicting that the unemployment rates in the U.S would rise from around a low 3% to a whopping 30% as a result of COVID-19! How is that supposed to make everyone feel? Not great.
All of this being said, I wanted to hop on here and chat with you all on how we can all make the best of our situation – whether it’s surviving social isolation or the fear of the unknown.
The past two weeks I have been working from home and practicing social distancing in hopes of not contracting or spreading COVID-19 to people who may not be able to fight this virus. For those of you reading who know me pretty well, I am not good at staying home or sitting still for long. However, I have managed to not feel the need to leave the house other than for grabbing groceries. I think I have managed to actually enjoy being home for all this time because I have been focusing on all that I am gaining by staying home rather than all I am losing.
Sure, I am worried about the economy and what the months to come will look like. My heart breaks for the people who are sick, being laid off, feeling financial stress, and for the small businesses that are struggling, but I know that I can only do what I can do. I can help local businesses by ordering their products online or by buying gift cards, but me worrying all day is not going to help them but only stress me and my immune system out further (stress = bad for the
fiance immune system).
That being said, I want to encourage all of you who are reading this to continue to show compassion for your community but also for yourselves. I challenge you to shift your mindset from what you can’t do to what you can do. To help with this, I thought I would share with you all a list of things that I can do during these times that maybe I wouldn’t have been able to do prior to staying home.
There are so many more things I am grateful for at this time, but these are the main things I have been focusing on while at home. Rather than focusing on the fact that I can’t go and visit friends or family members or that I can’t enjoy a dinner out, I have been keeping my focus on all of the things that I did not get to do before this time. I encourage you all to take a few moments to think about what you have gained being able to spend more time at home with yourself.
If you are struggling to find things that you enjoy while you are in quarantine, try thinking about things you have been meaning to do but haven’t because you felt you never had enough time. Perhaps there is a book you have been meaning to get to or thank you cards you have been meaning to send out. Try to take a few minutes to think about what it is that you haven’t been able to do due to a lack of time. Being home all day everyday is giving each and every one of us more time. More time to watch Netflix or learn something new by reading or watching a Skillshare or Youtube video.
I want to challenge you all to take five minutes to reflect on the following questions. Feel free to reflect internally or call up a friend or family member to talk about these questions:
- What are 5 things that you are grateful for right now?
- What have you been putting off for a while due to not having time? (i.e not reading that book you got for Christmas, not having the time to re-organize your closet, not calling up that friend you have been meaning to catch up with, etc)
- How are you feeling? What is it that you need right now – emotionally, physically, spiritually? How can you get what you need?
- Have you checked in with your friends and family members? Is there someone in particular that might need you to check in with them more than ever? Consider giving them a call and asking them how you can help.
I hope that this post helps those of you who are feeling stressed or overwhelmed during this pandemic. Just know that you are not alone and that we are all in this together. Sometimes life gives you lemons, so let’s make some lemonade together ❤
Stay healthy friends,