A couple of weeks ago I wrote some thoughts about the virus outbreak that we’re all facing. The world landscape has changed dramatically since that post. Most of us are quarantined at home, attempting to live life as normally as possible. We are all struggling to adapt to a new normal. From those I’m interacting with, it’s a common experience to feel anxiety, grief, fear, and a host of other emotions and experiences.
Some helpful guidelines for you and your loved ones in regards to coping with this new normal.
- Set limits on your media consumption. Too much exposure to the news has a direct correlation with increased worry and anxiety. There’s a fine line in “ignoring” and being oversaturated with what’s happening around us.
- Have space for other interests first thing in the morning, and at the end of the day. Reading or watching news about the virus right before you go to sleep may have a negative impact on your rest. When you wake up, spend some time in quiet with yourself and God prior to beginning your media consumption
- Exercise often, and then some more. It has been proven over and over again that exercise has a direct impact on the effects of depression and anxiety. Our bodies need to spend the energy we are storing.
- Lastly, relationships are a vital need to make it through this challenging time we are all facing. Find ways to connect with friends and family. Don’t ignore the effects of isolation on your mental and emotional health.
Due to the health and safety fof all involved, I’ve moved to only meeting online for scheduled appointments. If you’re interested in setting up an appointment with me via phone or video, fill out the below form to find out what openings I have. I look forward to hearing from you.