Seemingly overnight, COVID-19 has had a major impact on the world resulting in a global health and healthcare crisis, closure of borders, shuttering of schools, deployment of The National Guard, sheltering in place mandates, etc. This virus and its subsequent effects on worldwide health and well-being, and the international markets has left people everywhere unsure of what comes next.
As in any time of uncertainty, individuals around the world are concerned. Concerned about their family and friends, whether or not they will have a job tomorrow, wondering what the stock market is doing, what they have lost in their 401K, should they refinance their mortgage, are their parents okay, what about their children, are people practicing social distancing, did the lady behind them just sneeze, are we closer to a vaccine, etc., etc. On top of these worries, the mounting stress wreaks havoc on individuals’ psychological well-being going far beyond what typically arises during the normal course of everyday life.
During this time, it is important to take care of yourself. The stronger you are, the stronger you can be for you and for your loved ones. That said, Lindsey and I would like to offer some suggestions:
- Practice thankfulness. As cliché as this sounds, it is amazing the calm that occurs when you close your eyes and take the time to recognize and be grateful for your blessings. Be thankful for family and friends and hold them close. Remember happy occasions, celebrations, trips you have taken, the birth of your children, adoption of a pet, your wedding…At the end of the day family, friends and health are all that matter.
- Reprioritize. Times of crisis can also lead to times of reprioritization which believe it or not can be a huge gift. Take this time to ask yourself the following questions, write down your answers, and then revisit this list when this nightmare is over……What is truly important to you? What have you learned through this experience about yourself and your old habits? How can you make changes in your life today that will benefit you and your family in the future after this virus passes?
- Do your breath work (trust me, it really works!). Again, close your eyes, and take deep, slow breaths that fill your lungs fully. Breathe in and out very slowly. This will bring your blood pressure down and reduce stress.
- Meditate if you can. I have never been successful at meditating, but those who are swear by it!
- Be healthy! Take vitamins, pet your dog, get outside and take long walks, breathe in fresh air, look up at the sky, and be appreciative of all that is around you.
- Cook more. Feeding your body nutrient dense food will also keep you healthier. We will be sharing some recipes (created during this chaotic time) that have received rave reviews! We will be posting them in the coming days so please check back often….
- Turn off the news and instead listen to music, read a book, exercise, play with your kids, reorganize your closets, clean out your garage..... Enough said. This will reduce stress on its own.
In the meantime, stay calm, reach out, comment, let us know how you are doing. We are here for you in good times and bad. We love our community and want to do what we can to support one other.
In love and health,
Lindsey & Courtney