Other than taking appropriate precautions and trying to plan ahead to the best of our abilities, there is little most of us can do about a global pandemic and an economic crash. However, we can do small things to maintain our own well-being and the well-being of others around us. We don’t have to let current news overwhelm us. We can stay current without drowning in it. It helps to know how we can protect ourselves and what we can expect. However, it doesn’t do much good to tune into the same news throughout the day; instead, it can instill fear and a sense of hopelessness. I am choosing to take a break from constant news.
- We can intentionally look for positive news. I appreciated it when someone posted an article online about some positive updates related to Covid 19. (Thank you, Teri.) If you’re feeling stressed ore fearful because of continuous bad news, read some good news here. I just read one story about two children who serenaded an elder person who was self-quarantined because of the virus outbreak. I also read another story about how one woman has been encouraging her community to help each other. Check out The Good News Network for more positive news and stories.
- Finding opportunities to live in the moment and experience gratitude is something that can help all of us stay emotionally healthier. As I stood near a field waiting for my dog to finish his business this morning (before I cleaned up after him), I took a moment to breathe in the crisp air, enjoy a bit of sunshine, and experience a sense of gratitude for the moment that I was enjoying.
- Spending some part of the day outside can pick up our spirits. Taking a brisk walk or even doing some light yard work can help keep us grounded. I personally walk and/or jog outside just about every day; I think it not only lifts my spirits but keeps me healthier as well.
- Making an extra effort to reach out to others is also important to maintain our own well-being and the well-being of others. I had planned to spend time with my grandchildren last weekend but had to change plans because of the current global health crisis. Instead, I talked with my grandchildren over the phone, sent an electronic card, and suggested we visit using Zoom. I’ve also connected with friends and others using Zoom (a free video-conferencing application).
- Reaching out to those who might need additional help is also part of our general well-being. I live in a neighborhood where most of us know each other. Still, taking extra time to check-in with people and ask how they are doing or if they need anything is something most of us can do.