It’s been quite a few weeks hasn’t it? I hope wherever you are in the world, you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. I’m writing this on March 24th and realize that when this blog gets published, things may have changed drastically. But here’s a little recap of where we’re at right now .
We are all well at our house. The last two weeks seem to be one big blur, with the news coming in fast and furious. Anxiety and worry were very high and I struggled to maintain calm and focused. I wasn’t very successful last week. But, having kids in the house also meant that I DID have to remain calm and collected (at least in front of them!).
This week has been a little different. Though the anxiety and worry are still there, I’m able to process it all a little easier. Maybe it’s because this is the new normal for now and we’re adjusting. Everything where we are is closed down and we’re only leaving the house once a week to get groceries for us and for my parents. Our kids have just received lesson plans from school for the next two weeks so I’ll be organizing that and getting them on a new routine for homeschooling. The weather isn’t quite warm out (we live about an hour away from Toronto) but it’s warm enough for the kids to play outside.
Here are the top 5 things I’m doing to stay calm and happy (as possible!). I hope that you might be able to use a couple of them if you’re in need of some ideas!
- Waking up before my kids. I used to do this all the time, but last week everything got derailed. I was staying up to watch the news and then didn’t sleep well and ended up sleeping in. I was waking up groggy and stressed. This week I’m making a conscious effort to set my alarm and get up. I have my coffee in silence and read a devotional. This makes me feel very grounded and ready to start my day.
- Get fresh air and get a workout in. It doesn’t have to be intense. This isn’t the time for me to add even more pressure. Did I walk? Good enough. Was my mood lifted? Then great, mission accomplished.
- Check in with my parents. This is actually happening three times a day on average, LOL. They were the cause of my biggest anxiety because they are in a high risk group being 85 and 75. We also have a lot of family in Italy and my parents were calling relatives daily to check in on them. Thankfully, everyone is scared but okay.
- Limit the news. I don’t need to check in every hour. And I certainly don’t need to watch it right before bed!
- Do things I did before the Pandemic….check in with my planner, with my story, my friends, find joy in the simple things-like a fantastic cup of coffee in my favorite mug. Have Monopoly night with the kids-with treats! Enjoy movie night with the kids. Bake. Read anything with a guaranteed happily-ever-after, which is always delivered in a Romance J. In my newest release both my main characters have survived really tough times and it’s made them stronger and braver and I think it’s a great reminder during difficult times!
This too shall pass, even though some days it may not feel like it. In the meantime, we can be a source of comfort to others and to ourselves. I’m choosing to look for the good news stories and focus on those and be grateful for everything. I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy and that you can find still find joy in these uncertain times!
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