When my job announced that our offices would be closed for two weeks, my first thought was alright now! I was excited about the opportunity to work from home. The idea of no commute and working in my pajamas really appealed to me. As we are ending week two, while I am still enjoying my COVID-19 gift hours, I know that others may not be.

 At this time, I am not experiencing any of the “cabin fever” symptoms some people are feeling. I have used this opportunity to read, take several on-line classes, do some spring cleaning, catch up on paperwork and relax. Basically, I have used this time to do the things I am always saying I don’t have time to do. I have used this time to draw on my faith more.

I have been spending a lot of time talking to people on how they are dealing with things these days.  Quite a few are having a tough time. We all agree it is a strange time. There is nowhere to go to escape this. The whole world has been shut down. If you dwell on it, it can be overwhelming and scary. People have suffered losses. 

Now is not the time to dwell on the negative news reports. Some people stay in front of the television waiting for the next disaster report. This can only cause you more stress and fear. Instead of the negativity, focus on the positive things around you. Listen to uplifting music and programs. Have positive conversations. Don’t sit around and talk about what is happening.  Make sure that you are getting some physical activity. Pray and meditate. Use this time to learn something new. 

When possible get some fresh air. Yesterday I stepped out on my balcony. The sun was shining and just feeling the sunrays on my face made me feel good. Make sure you are eating foods and taking supplements to boost your immune system. Practice deep breathing. When you feel anxious, take some deep breaths.

Take advantage of technology. I have been using Face Time to connect with my family and friends. People are having FB live parties and I have been enjoying concerts, day parties, classes and church services online. Things to bring a sense of normality during this time.

Clinical Social Worker, Lisa Butler said that we have to manage our thinking. We can’t control tomorrow. So, there is no need to worry about things we can’t control. She recommends practicing mindfulness techniques and even declaring a No COVID-19 day. I really like that one.

The dictionary says that mindfulness is maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gently, nurturing lens…When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sending in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future

But the main thing is to take care of yourself. Do the things that give you peace. Stop dwelling on the negative and remember, this too shall pass. 

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