It can be difficult to navigate uncertainty. And for a lot of us, the coronavirus pandemic has brought up some anxious feelings. It’s even more difficult when the information is readily available from all sources (some more reliable than others): news, social media, etc. It’s entirely possible to get sucked in and overwhelmed.
Personally, I have concerns for myself and my daughters, being that we have asthma. However, I am fully aware that nothing good comes from panic. Our schools are currently closed. And large gatherings have been banned. So, we’re home-bound. Everything has been thoroughly sanitized. And as a family, we’re doing lots of art projects, playing games, and spending time in our back yard.
As an individual though, I have to remind myself of several things:
- Stress weakens our immune system
- Exercise and proper nutrition help our immunity
- Panic doesn’t serve me
- I can only control what I can control
So, what should we do while we’re home-bound? Let’s see….
- Get regular movement or exercise: try some at-home workouts or go for family walks
- Eat well: try to reduce sugar and alcohol (notice I didn’t say eliminate). They can weaken the immune system, especially in times of stress. Try to get protein, veggies, and healthy starches/fats in at every meal.
- Stay hydrated: ½ your body weight in ounces is recommended.
- Prioritize sleep: this is a great opportunity to slow down and rest
- Reduce stress: Turn off the news for a while. Stop scrolling through social. Focus on what’s in front of you.
Some more stress-fighting and boredom busting tips:
- Read a book (I recommend light fiction)
- Listen to a podcast
- Watch family movies
- Play games (we’ve played lots of board games and hide and seek in the dark)
- Try new recipes
- Do some yoga (streaming services offer great free options)
- Get some spring cleaning done
- Have sex… yes, I said that. 😊
We can’t control what’s happening in the world. We can’t know how this will all unfold. But we can do our best to be in the moment and focus on our families’ physical and mental health. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Don’t let the hysteria control your thoughts. Fear is a liar. And you can beat it, with presence and gratitude. Stay healthy everyone.
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