According to the CDC there are several things we can do to cope emotionally during this pandemic. I have listed a few things I found on their website and I am going to share how they relate to me. Their heading for this list is…
“Things you can do to support yourself..”
*Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
*Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, avoid drugs and alcohol.
*Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
*Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
How I am applying this to my life
I agree it is important to take breaks from the news stories about the pandemic. I have found they can consume you. I do believe it is important to be informed but also to limit the amount of time spent on this information. I typically watch the news in the morning and then take a break till evening. Even that is probably too much.
In regard to taking care of my body I try to do many of the things on their list. If I get really stressed I do the breathing exercises. I learned to do these when going through my separation and divorce and it does help. I do have well-balanced meals thanks to Home Chef. Meals delivered to my door in a time when it is not safe to go grocery shopping. As far as exercise my dog helps with that. Brodie and I take long a walk every day. I have had trouble sleeping over the last week, I think this is probably due to worries associated with the pandemic. I do avoid unnecessary drugs but I do love my wine and still enjoy that little luxury in my life.
How to unwind in this situation of social distancing and isolation? I enjoy taking walks with Brodie, binge-watching TV shows and I have started deep cleaning and adding decorative touches to my home and of course, writing.
How do I connect with others? That is a tough one. I talk on the phone and face-time my daughters and grandkids. I go to “the Old People Shopping Hour” at my local grocery store. Face book has been a lifesaver in the attempt to stay socially connected in a time when we are required to distance ourselves.
I hope you are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time. If you have any ideas to share on coping during this time of social distancing I would love it if you would share them in the comment section.
Take Care and God Bless