It’s been about five weeks since starting our family’s stay-at-home quarantine. From working at home and potty training a 2 yr old dog to the mom home schooling on top of keeping the house together with kids desperate for friend time, I’ve definitely had my ups and downs.
Hopefully you were able to get toilet paper as that seems to be the most important item to have in a crisis.
Kidding aside, through a trying time like today…
How do you stay positive?
I’m not medical expert or licensed therapist, but I do have my own opinion based on my experience. Here are some things I’ve learned.
Keep a Routine
I actually did read this from a licensed psychologist who shared a list of goodies from the hundreds of Coronavirus related therapy sessions she had.
Your body does better when you repeat things. Ever notice how it’s sometimes hard to start something new? What’s in motion, stays in motion.
The gurus out there might call it momentum. It’s just one less thing to have to worry about if you already have your day planned out from a routine perspective.
Life happens and you’ll need to adjust, but it’s healthier to have a solid foundation to rely on so when life calls and you make changes, it’s not so earth shattering.
Stay Focused on the Task at Hand
While it’s important to stay informed with what’s going on in the world around you, I believe it’s even more important to look at what’s in front of you.
You have a direct impact on yourself, your family and those in your immediate circle of influence. Focus on that.
Try not to worry about things you can’t control. Yes, we can try to persuade our representatives by contacting them or through voting, but there’s so much you can already do with that which you can actually control.
I’m not saying to put your blinders on and forget about the world (although I highly recommend short breaks of doing just that).
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.Matthew 10:39
This is so true and has helped me immensely through this crisis.
I’m so blessed to be home with my family right now. Thinking about them and serving them helps me stay sane.
Annoying quirks are much more pronounced being together all day and limited chances to escape. When I get in a negative mindset, I try to push my thoughts outside myself and try to see life from their perspective.
Find the joy in bring joy to others. Even the little moments.
This dovetails with the previous point, but it’s so crucial. It’s so easy to feel isolated and I believe humans need human interaction.
If you are wondering why I’m reaching out to you more on Facebook, this is why. We all need to feel a sense of belonging. That someone is thinking of you.
If you are wondering why I haven’t yet reached out to you on Facebook, what are you waiting for? I’d love to hear from you. 🙂
Don’t forget to build your most important relationship. I’ve heard that domestic abuse in my county has increased 75% in the last month.
I know we might not be used to seeing each other so much, but we’ve got to do better than that!
And lastly, build your personal relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Now more than ever, we all need to learn how to better Hear Him.
Yep, we’re human. We’ll all make mistakes.
Just yesterday I yelled at my daughter for yelling at mom. There was a lot of yelling. I took a breath, brought my level down and apologized.
We are all on edge I think. Maybe some more than others.
Realize that everyone could use more forgiving. It’s healing and will help everyone out.
I took a breath, brought my level down and apologized.Me
If we all remember the Golden Rule a little more during this time, we’ll all be for the better.
So, how’s it going?
Share your thoughts below in the comments. What has helped you through this pandemic? You can feel free to make me feel guilty with all the exercise you are doing. 🙂
I know we are all different, but maybe something I shared touched you in some way. Let me know.
Did I miss something that makes you want to de-friend me? Let me know.
Love to hear from you. Hope you are doing well.