We are definitely living in challenging times right now. It can be difficult to handle for many of us. This truly is trauma for our society and our lives.
Most of us, including me, are having times of feeling scared, unsure, anxious, confused, lost, sad, worried, or depressed. Know that this is normal. You are not alone.
Reach out to others in safe ways — by phone, e-mail, internet, through the media. We can support each other and get the support we need. We are all in this together.
And take time to enjoy what you can. Spend some time in the sun, in the fresh air. I just sat outside in our back yard, feeling the warm sun on my face, a light breeze caressing me, and smelling scents of citrus blossoms and pink jasmine floating in the breeze. It was renewing and filled me with an incredible sense of warmth, happiness, and peace.
Find that where you are. Don’t just sit inside all the time. Find moments of joy in each day. Spend some time in the fresh air and sunshine. Sit in your back yard or walk around your neighborhood (keeping a safe distance from others). Read, write, paint, create, play music, sing, dance, do some gardening, clean out closets and drawers, de-clutter, take naps, play with your dog or cat, and connect with others in safe ways. You may be home, but you are not stuck.
And while we are at home, this is a good time to take stock of our lives. As everything is changing, we can also change our lives as we move forward. What do you no longer want or need and are willing to let go of? What do you value, treasure, and want more of? Think about how you want to restructure your life so that it is better, more meaningful, and more rewarding.
And there is still a lot to be grateful for. Find things every day that make you smile and feel thankful. You can discover new foods by what is available in the supermarkets. You can read those books you always wanted to read, or see those movies you had missed.
Also remember that you are stronger than you think. Hold onto hope, love, light, and trust. Be kind to others. Treat everyone with kindness and compassion — we are all hurting and scared, and we all need some kindness and compassion in our lives. Let go of anger, worry, and fear. Be present in each moment.
For those who like affirmations, repeat any of the following that you need or that resonate with you.
- I am safe
- I am healthy
- I am strong
- I am fine
- I will come through this even stronger
- I am kind and compassionate
- I find moments of joy every day
- I trust
And know that this will pass, and we will come out the other end.
Trust that you will be more than okay. You will blossom and will treasure things you took for granted before.
For now, please follow precautions and take steps to stay safe and to keep others safe.
Wear masks where needed, keep a distance, wash your hands, and stay home as much as possible.
I wish you all comfort, peace, and joy. We are all in this together. And we will come out of this renewed and stronger.
Stay safe and healthy, everyone.
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