We are approaching three months of living in this bonkers new world. We may feel like we have "adjusted" to working from home, not going out, online school, wearing masks, etc... but life is still very stressful and uncertain. Simple activities like grocery shopping or a doctor's appointment take a LOT of extra energy.
May we remember that we're all going through trauma, and that can show up in all kinds of ways: disrupted sleep, exhaustion, anxiety, brain fog, revisiting past losses/trauma, overdoing eating/drinking, marital friction...
Remember to be gentle with yourself! Life will be "bizarre" and challenging for some time. Let's make sure we are building spiritual practices into our lives. Really. Pray. Meditate. Walk. Do yoga. Sing. Call loved ones. Use a prayer/meditation app. And if you are struggling -- REACH OUT. Speak with me or a counselor, or call an anonymous hotline.
Here are some resources that may be helpful:
Managing our Anxiety from the Washington Post
Breathing Exercises to slow a racing mind from TED Ideas
Pandemic's Effect on our "intimate" lives from the Washington Post
Gratefulness.org - based on teachings of Brother David Steindl-Rast. Articles, online courses and practices.
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook from the Wellness Society
Centering Ourselves When Disoriented from Emerson Hospital
COVID-19 and Ambigious Loss from Psychology Today
Parental Stress Hotline: 1-800-632-8188
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Keep breathing good people! And remember, when you put salt in your coffee, or just suddenly need a nap on a Thursday afternoon, it's normal :) Breathe, and give thanks for this day, and breathe...
Blessings to you all. Be well!