It seems like each day we are bombarded with another onslaught of news regarding Covid19. A never-ending avalanche of information. New Covid19 cases, legislation, and advisories. It is challenging to keep up and prevent oneself from feeling crushed by the gravity of the situation. Although technology has the beautiful ability to keep us informed, it can also be overwhelming. When does it go from staying informed to being obsessive?
As someone who was overseas when the chaos began it was particularly stressful. It was important to stay informed so I could make the best decision for my safety and the safety of others, however, I found myself being crushed by the amount of information and feeling both helpless and depressed. So how do you rise above it? How does one stay informed without crossing the line that leads to cynicism and hopelessness?
1. Take a few moments each day to recognize the positive things in your life. Words have power, so I encourage you to write them down and create a physical reminder to look at when you feel anxious.
2. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the severity of the coronavirus crisis. Covid19 has brought up a lot of issues the global community must confront. Access to education and healthcare, to name just a few…but this article isn’t about the mounting issues. I want to remind you that although you may not be able to help physically, you can still do something...
~Stay home and limit your contact with others. Staying home is the best way to prevent the virus from spreading.
~Donate money to your local food bank or to an organization working to feed families that have lost their jobs or who are struggling.
~Share fun activities your family and friends can do at home to keep themselves occupied while school and work are closed. Flood social media with some positivity and your creative ideas! Here is just one of the many websites I have found with countless activities! Click here to access it.
~Take time to send an encouraging message to friends and family. If you chat on the phone or facetime, try to spend at least 5–10 minutes talking about something that is not Covid19 related.
~If you are financially able to do so, support your local small businesses by buying a gift card that you can use once the situation improves or purchase something online. Every bit helps!
3. Ground yourself in things that you know to be true and good. The birds that are singing outside your home, the wind rustling in the trees, the love and support of your family. As halting as this virus is, it does not stop these things from being true.
4. Lastly, remind yourself that it is not selfish or ignorant to put your phone down, pick up a book, or watch some trash T.V. to distract yourself. Everyone is different. Some feel better educating themselves constantly, others, like myself, need a break to keep ourselves sane. Both are fine. Everyone will cope with this crisis differently.
It is important to stay informed but not to the point where it leaves you depressed. Take a break. Do some yoga, meditate, knit, paint, or read. I am here to tell you it is okay to take care of yourself. Self-care is not selfish.
These are crazy and uncertain times, but remember that you are not alone. You may physically be isolated in your home, but that does not mean you cannot make a difference in the lives of those in our global community. We will get through this!
I am just one person, so please share what you are doing to help keep yourself sane during the Covid19 crisis! I’d love to hear what you are doing in the comments.
Be safe, stay healthy, and remain hopeful!