I’m here at home during my spring break and I just wanted to have something for you all to do while you’re at home or during a self-quarantine. Things have been crazy for the past week. It really hit home for me when they started to shut down schools (which btw I’ll have a post tomorrow about some helpful links for teachers) and so we have to essentially work from home. We’ve been getting bombarded with information on the corona virus and have seen people panic and people getting their feelings and emotions worked up over this illness. Now as far as I’m concerned, 80% of the people who get it experience flu and cold-like symptoms and can recover in a couple of weeks. It really gets dangerous for people with weakened immune systems or the elderly. For people to go crazy buying all of the toilet paper and groceries, remember there is a possibility you may not be affected at all by this virus.
The CDC recommends that you stay home if you’re sick, limit your time being out in the community (don’t become a hermit), limit visitations, and if you’re concerned call a hotline but don’t go into the emergency room. The hope is that if you are tested posted for the COVID-19 (aka Corona Virus) you won’t infect others. Now is not the time to be careless and not the time to panic. There is no need to buy 15 packs of toilet paper (like really, why do you need that much toilet paper?) nor is it the time to judge someone. I understand that these are scary and hectic times but we must keep our emotions in check and not lash out at people and judge them for the choices that they make. As noted, the CDC said to limit our time in public, not avoid the public all together.
What can we do to make sure we’re not going stir crazy? Well remember that we’re okay. Cara Alwill put out a new podcast episode today reminding us that we’re okay! If we woke up with a roof over our head, we’re okay. If we have food or water in the kitchen, we’re okay. If we have a phone or computer, we’re okay. We have to remind ourselves of these things because we can get a little ahead of ourselves and panic. We should be grateful for what we do have and remind ourselves of that whenever life gets crazy. I personally have been trying my best to stay cool calm and collected during this time.
As mentioned before, I’m on my Spring Break at work so I’m trying to relax as much as possible without letting this get to my head. However, yesterday, I found myself meditating three times and when I noticed that, I knew things had to change. So one of the first things I did was limit my time on my phone, which if anyone knows me, its so hard. I’m attached to my phone at all times when I’m not at work so this has been a true challenge. I just have to make sure that I’m not letting the outside world get to me (btw, is this not an introvert’s dream? Social distancing?). I wanted to pass along some tips that’s helping me get through these trying times: