In times of stress, panic, and anxiety, where do you turn?

In times of stress, panic and anxiety…where do you turn?

We are living in a time that is having an unprecedented crisis. Millions of people, both young and old, are staying at home to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. People are working from home. Kids are doing school from home.

There is a general sense of anxiety about COVID that has become almost commonplace. This has never happened before.

The Cold War. World War 1 and 2. 9/11.

These were all major events that have happened in the last century.

But none of these had the effect that COVID has on countries across the globe. We are all staying inside, away from our families, friends, coworkers, enemies.

And I think there will be a VERY positive outcome once this passes. I really feel that when this is over, however long that takes, we will become more appreciative of the little things we took for granted in the past.

Playgrounds. Parks. Time with friends. Coffee shops. Restaurants.

Society WILL eventually get back to normal. And it will be amazing.

But what about now?

How are we all dealing with the stress, panic and anxiety of basically being shut-ins?

Well, here are a few tips to help you out. We are doing some of these in my house. And we will eventually do them all at some point.

SMILE

Watch funny stuff. Laugh with your family. Laughter reduces stress. Even if it is funny YouTube videos that your kids are cracking up at. Watch with them. Laugh with them. Even if you think it isn’t funny, laugh anyway.

READ

Fiction. Non-fiction. Biographies. The Bible.

Read more while you are at home.

PLAY A BOARD GAME

Now, I’ll be up front. This is one of my favorite things to do. But it is a great way to spend time together and have fun.

MEDITATE

I am a big fan of just getting quiet. No thoughts. Try it for a minute. If you stick with it, you will work your way up to 5 minutes or more.

Meditation is probably one of the healthiest things you can do. You can look up how to do it online.

But I’ll make it easy. Just sit there. And pay attention to your breathing. Don’t change it. Just become aware of the breath going in and coming out of your lungs. Then, if you have a thought come into your mind, don’t judge it, just usher it out of your mind. Become aware of any thoughts you may have and do this with any of them. The goal is to be totally thought-less. And you will get there.

LISTEN TO MUSIC

Listen to great music. Bonus points if you sing along! Music is a great way to lower your stress level.

EXERCISE

No gym? No problem.

You can do some simple bodyweight stuff to get your blood pumping. Lots of videos online to look at for ideas.

DO CRAFTS

Not my cup of tea : )

But if you are so inclined, what a great way to have fun, laugh and be creative.

LOOK AT OLD FAMILY PICTURES

I am sure you have lot photo albums with old family pictures. Sit down, look at the pictures, and tell stories about family members. How cool is that?

You could also look at old digital photos and do the same thing.

This list is barely scratching the surface of things you can do to make confinement more enjoyable while also lowering stress levels.

What I want you to focus on is this: it’s all going to be ok. Just hang on. And don’t get stressed.

The big thing to remember is…KEEP doing these once this crisis is past us. Enjoy time at home with your family. In fact, schedule time at home with your family. You don’t have to be on the go 24/7. It’s just not necessary. And I don’t think it’s all that healthy.

If there’s one big takeaway for me it is this:

Just. Slow. Down.

We are boing forced to slow down now because of COVID. And it’s the right thing to do.

But let’s CHOOSE TO slow down after this is over. We’ll all be way happier and healthier if we do.