Each one of us is experiencing a unique time in history. We’re facing this pandemic as not only individuals, but as a community, as a state, country, and world. Every single one of us has fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of getting sick, fear of not seeing our loved ones for an extended period of time. As a person with anxiety, it would be easy to succumb to this fear and allow myself to shut-down. Thankfully, I have done the exact opposite.
Rachel Hollis said a profound statement on her IG live the other day and that was, “we have to keep fighting for the place we want to be in.” That hit me so hard. It means that each day we need to wake up, allow ourselves to feel, and then challenge ourselves to be both in the place we want to be in (physically and mentally) AND be the person who we want to be.
I’m not saying that this is easy and that you are not allowed to have feelings. I encourage you to cry, to let it out, to yell/scream, be angry at the world. But don’t live there. Don’t stay in bed, eat poorly every day, refuse to workout. By doing these things every day, you are not giving yourself a chance to work through this challenging time. I want (and suggest) that you have comfort food, skip a day of working out, but try not to allow yourself to spiral. By fueling your body with foods that make you feel good (they might look a little different now and that’s OK), by moving your body (chasing after kids and cleaning count), and by keeping in touch with loved ones, you will feel more empowered to be the best quarantined version of you.
Find a small space that you can sit alone (bathroom floor, pantry closet, guest room) and take even just 2 minutes for yourself. Use meditation tools (Melissa Wood Health on YouTube, Headspace, Calm) to help you stay in the now.
Here are some things I do to navigate this uncertain time-
- Aim to get greens in during the day
- Wake-up, journal, practice gratitude
- Meditate and breathe- do this whenever you feel anxious
- Get dressed- it helps to feel put together and more energized
- Make your bed every day- a habit that empowers me
- Stay connected to family and friends
Remember to take care of YOU during this time. Putting yourself first is not selfish, it allows you to be the best person, wife, mother, friend, sibling, that you can be.
Be safe, be healthy, be well.