Itâ€™s my sincerest hope that wherever you are, that you are warm, well and in good health. There seems to be a lot of information swirling around and not all of it good or helpful. Even if it looks bleak, you donâ€™t have to focus on it. If youâ€™re totally stressing, youâ€™re completely justified. However, I donâ€™t want to leave you stranded there. Want to move out of the anxiety zone? Here are a few ideas Iâ€™m trying.
Unplug your news source for 24 hours. With that time do something completely different. If youâ€™re able, go for a walk or ride a bike and get some fresh air. In the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is unleashing jillions of flowers!
Clear your head with calming music. I canâ€™t recommend Wholetones enough. These two sets are my go-to chill music. Â Check it out here.
Get to know your neighbors. NextDoor puts you in touch with folks in your location. During these trying times, amazing people manage to rise above it all and do for others. In my neck of the woods, one lady organized a team of people to do grocery runs, pray with others and make or deliver meals to those who were elderly or less mobile. Your neighbors keep up with the goings on in your locale, buy & sell, share information and answer questions. Find out who’s in your neck of the woods.
Begin a gratitude list. Write down everything that youâ€™re glad about. Anyone can see all thatâ€™s wrong in the world. Thereâ€™s plenty going right and positive things to talk about. Kickstart your thinking With Gratitude by fellow ghostwriter Marala Scott may be the pick-me-up youâ€™re looking for. This refreshing book of poetry can help you recognize the good in difficult situations. Itâ€™s a must-read for recalibrating thinking.
Weâ€™re in this together. Weâ€™re all concerned how this will turn out. But by worrying about that, or listening to endless cycles of bad news, or scary statistics, weâ€™re wasting our precious here and now. If you can find even one person to bless in some way that improves their day, youâ€™ve made the world a kinder, gentler place.
What can you do today?
So much of enduring is about reframing. For some, this crises has become their much-needed respite to reconnect with family, clean (their office!), organize or catch up on tasks that have gone by the wayside. In our far-too-busy livesâ€”for onceâ€”many of us are not.
It wonâ€™t always be like this.
Despite how long some of us have been in quarantine, it might seem that this will last forever, but the odds are against it. This too shall pass. You could imagine what youâ€™ll do when this is over, but how do you want to remember this event years from now? What special thing can you do right now that you didnâ€™t have time for previously? Youâ€™ve been given the gift of time. Make it memorable.
Have more ideas about getting calm or productive ways to use your time? Please share in comments below.