How are you and your loved ones coping with Covid-19? I have heard this question from many sources recently. Many people are sincerely concerned about themselves and others.
For the most part I am doing ok with keeping fear at bay over these past three weeks of practicing social distancing. After all, facing fear is a skill I have learned and implemented over the 40 years of our very intense experiences caring for Nick with his Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. Everyone coping with a life-threatening situation with a loved one knows that level of fear.
But I have noticed over the past few days, that I am getting fatigued. Little by little anxiety has crept into my subconscious. Some mornings the first thought in my head upon waking is ‘corona-virus’ or ‘Covid-19.’ Last week, I stopped myself from continually checking the news updates. I look at the news feeds once during the day to get an update and then return to my normal home-based activities.
Recently I have taken advantage of watching the free concerts offered by musicians, as they strive to comfort others by sharing their talents from their homes. Some have been online and some are on television. I have laughed at the various memes shared on social media and email. Talented people the world over are reaching out with a generous spirit to uplift others.
Yesterday I decided to renew my personal efforts to find beautiful, joyful things in my life. I have made a conscious decision to shift my mindset, and increase my awareness of the extraordinary. Noticing these things with gratitude does help me dispel the gloom.
How are you?
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