Anxious thoughts and Emotions are Normal
Uncertainty leaves all of us feeling vulnerable. Everything from loss of our regular routines, worries about supplies, apprehension about the future regarding finances, school closures, and how to deal with the kids at home. These are all normal feelings. Your body may respond with negative thoughts and even with physical sensations. Accept these. Try to describe them to yourself, share how you feel with others, do not judge yourself for having them and then park them away. DO NOT dwell on them. You cannot change what is happening around you.
If you find you are having difficulty managing these feelings, please call the office.
Create New Routines
Establish a new structure in your day, one that is predictable and has a sense of purpose. It’s not all about Netflix. Have regular waking hours, regular grooming and mealtimes. Plan activities ahead. If available, separate the home into work and play areas, if you are working at home. Have breaks to enjoy time together. Use YouTube to learn new skills, and teach your family new skills. For example, simple things like learning to cook, how to use utensils, how to tidy up, do laundry etc. Play with your babies!
Continue Self Care
Get outside if you can. Spending time in nature is psychologically healing. Get outside to garden, walk, run and play. Look up exercise routines on YouTube. Start off with 10 minutes. Work your way up to 30 minutes. Base the intensity on your fitness and age.
Although we are physically isolated, please stay connected. Reach out virtually, chat on the phone and Facetime. Have meaningful conversations, about life and feelings. The more you do this, the more the social connections will cement and likely remain that way going forward.
Isolation is particularly difficult for those living alone, in residential care, the elderly, and those individuals with cognitive issues. Please remember to call and video chat with these people in your life. Set up regular schedules among family members to do this and to take care of those more vulnerable than you. Please ensure those in isolation or that lack transportation have all their necessary supplies and offer to help pick up for them if you can.
The Positive Side of Stress
Stress and negative emotions are not all bad. Experiencing difficult times, and getting through them, makes us stronger, builds psychological resilience, and can tighten relationships and an appreciation for the important things in life.