“It just goes to show you, if it’s not one thing, it’s another,” commented Roseann Roseannadanna, a character portrayed by Gilda Radner on SNL. But, “just because the universe has already sent us one significant stress doesn’t mean we won’t have others.” says Dr. Harriet Lerner, psychologist, and author. The thing we need to do is to reduce as much anxiety as we can about this current situation.
Know the Facts
Information, even challenging to hear data, eliminates the fantasy that lends itself to higher anxiety. But, don’t obsess about finding information. Too many sources with alternative views can cause more stress. Find one reliable source, listen to it once a day, and then be done with it. Remember, the more you stress, the more you brux your teeth, and the more your jaw and head will hurt.
Social distancing can be challenging. Are we over-reacting? Who knows? At some point, we have to realize that we may not be the smartest person in the room, and then listen to the authorities. Be diligent. Wash your hands, disinfect, don’t assemble, keep six feet away, stay home if sick, and even try to stay home if you aren’t. Knowing we are “following the rules” gives a sense of peace.
Stay in Touch
Being isolated is challenging. So, reach out to your loved ones with social media, video chats, texts, and telephones. They are probably lonely as well and will welcome your interaction. It is essential to keep those in your life close in heart and thought during these times when you can’t hug them physically. Especially, talk with those with a positive spirit.
Don’t Forget to Take Care of Yourself
Keep doing routine things that give you peace. Practice meditation, exercise, yoga, do a hobby, read, reorganize a closet, or de-clutter while practicing social distancing. You may even want to learn a new skill at this time. Find ways to keep as much constancy in your life to ensure that you’re taking care of yourself mentally.
Was It Enough?
“We could look back this time in four months and say, ‘We did the right thing’ — or we could say, ‘That was silly,’ Or we might never know.”