COVID-19: WHAT CAN DO FOR YOURSELF DURING THIS TIME?
Hey everybody,It’s just about time that we finally talk about what has been going on with the coronavirus aka COVID-19. It is such a crazy time to be alive right now. Restaurants have been closing down, businesses are closing down, stores are closing down. I’ve gotten so many emails on what businesses are doing to stay safe, what businesses are doing for themselves, what I need to do for myself. And I found myself a couple of days ago just being so filled with anxiety that I really didn’t know what to do. Like it just felt kind of hopeless.
But it just felt really like the world was turned upside down. But you have probably done your research. I have not done my research. I’m avoiding the news and all types of research at any cost. But I think we need to talk about ways that we can work through this. ways that we can deal with this and then ways that we can keep ourselves from mentally, I don’t know going crazy.
So let’s talk about it..
Okay, so if you didn’t know that I have been on a social media break for the past three weeks now, I have been. I did check in a little bit on Instagram just to kind of update my brides on what’s going on and what we do to push forward. Because it’s been pretty crazy for us photographers, we’ve had clients cancel, we’ve had clients reschedule a year in advance, and everyone’s moving their dates and it just seems like pandemonium over here. But I want to kind of address it from an aspect of everyone like this isn’t just for photographers or entrepreneurs, this is for everybody.
Dealing with it…
How are we going to deal with this and how are we going to fix this with ourselves? Right? It starts with us. We are kind of like the head chief. So when you have a hold on your own mental strength and your mental clarity, it seems to calm everything down in your mind and that kind of affects everything else around you. We affect everything else around us.
So The first thing that I would say, if you just feel like you are just going into information overload, and you just kind of feel like you’re cycling in this, in this worst case scenario, and what if?
The first step I would say is to take a deep breath, right? Just breathe. Take a deep breath. Okay, did you notice that? You are alive. Okay, you are breathing. You’re gonna be okay. Like, sometimes we take living for granted, right? I mean, this is something I do all the time. But just right now, like mentally think of 5 things, 3 to 5 things, 10 things, 20 things that you’re thankful for. I mean, a simple one is like, you have a roof over your head right now. You have probably had something to eat sometime today. You have a smartphone to listen to this podcast or you may have a laptop to listen to this podcast.
So there are so many things that you can be thankful for in this present moment. So take some time. And just think about that.
The second thing I would say is disconnect. So ultimately, we are on, as I’ve said before information overload and social media. I mean, I like I said, I’m not on social media, but people have been sending me memes. You know, for fun, and I’ve heard that social media right now is kind of like a really dreary place to be.
So take a second and just kind of unplug, maybe delete an app or two, and kind of just be in the present moment. You know, everything is so panicky and scary and crazy. I personally don’t check the news. I just don’t do it. I can’t handle it.
There’s so many things going on, we’re all gonna die, you know, and you get into this worst case scenario and you find yourself like, in this corner, like rocking yourself, you know, like, Oh no, we’re all going to die and you become paranoid. Yeah. So, stop that. That’s just it’s not healthy. don’t check the news. I mean, if someone needs to really update you, we all know what the news is saying. We all know what everyone’s saying, it’s the same thing. I personally think this is all going to come to a head and then everything’s going to be fine. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.
Maybe don’t check the news for a week. Watch how much happier you are. Seriously, I’m a happy person. Also, be present for your family. Right? take things slow, read a book, clear distractions. Make yourself some coffee during the middle of the afternoon because technically you have nowhere to go. So you might as well mean just don’t feed into the frenzy. Don’t feed into the panic, make some time for yourself. I don’t know, take a bath journal, your thoughts and unplug, take some time to yourself. It’s okay.
So like I said, this is all going to come to a head. So imagine eventually this is all going to end. Okay? If you look at the tunnel, there’s usually the hole, right? You look through the tunnel, and there’s a hole on the other side, and you can see what is on the other side. We can do that together. Like imagine that eventually this is gonna be over and one day, it’s gonna be a huge joke. It is. I say that all the time. Like, you know, I remember getting into a car accident and I just was telling my friend like, it’s fine. Like one day I’m gonna laugh about it. I can laugh about it now, but I wasn’t laughing about it then. But kind of thinking about the positive future, instead of like the negative future. It kind of helps curb the anxiety.
Turn off the news, turn on the tunes…
Listen to music. I listen to music all the time. Actually, did you know that listening to music has psychological effects? That’s pretty cool. The psychological effects of music can be powerful and wide ranging. Music therapy is an intervention sometimes utilized to promote emotional health, help patients cope with stress, and boost psychological well being. Music can relax the mind, energize the body, and even help people better manage pain.
So instead of binge eating on a podcast or all these other things that you find yourself doing like, like watching the news, listen to some news. Maybe take some time and if it’s raining here, so if it’s not raining over there, maybe you can go for a walk and listen to some music and just relax and unwind. Do you have a friend that loves to make playlists for every mood, every vibe just for fun? Well, you should hit the person up and be like, make me a playlist called sunshine and listen to it every day to make you happy. But SERIOUSLY.
What to do with all that extra time…
why don’t you make a list of all the things that you said you wanted to do, but never had the time to do? Because guess what? We got tons of time to do nothing or something.
So the first week or two, we kind of did some spring cleaning me my husband, okay. Mostly my husband, he’s the clean freak, not me. But I move stuff around. And then we redesigned Ella’s little space. We moved her toddler bed around, we moved all of her toys and furniture around and now it looks bigger. And that was fun. And it passed. Oh, I don’t know an entire day. So you know, thinking of things to do. Move stuff around and get active with your body, that actually kind of helps counteract the effect of depression and anxiety because you won’t have as much time to wallow in your thoughts.
If you’re a Photographer or Business Owner update your pricing guides. Update your website, update your social media profiles, update it with new pictures, change your bios and make sure they’re not outdated. Like these are things that I do when I am restless. I just check things that need to be updated and I update them. If you have an email list, email your list, let them know you’re sensitive to the topic, let them know that you’re here to help.
Check in with your friends. Oh, my goodness. Check in with your friends. Some of them might not be okay. Like I was one of those friends. I was like not okay. I was going bananas. Everyone’s like, how are you? I’m like, we’re all gonna die. We’re all gonna die just a matter of time. Oh my gosh, we only have five years left this is it this is it the end of the world you know, but checking in with a friend making sure that they know you’re there for them and vice versa. Because this is crazy, man. it can get to you especially if you’re all alone. Like it’s not cool to be alone, especially at a time like this.
Be a light…
If you feel as passionate as I do about spreading this goodness, kindness and just positive awareness, instead of feeding into the fear, then step up on a platform and talk about it, post positive things, post positive quotes, encourage people that we’re actually going to get through this, we’re not going to die. This is not the end, it’s gonna be fine. Even if you don’t feel it.
Some DIY for you…
Recipe to make your own Hand sanitizer
Making your own hand sanitizer is easy to do and only requires a few ingredients:
isopropyl or rubbing alcohol (99 percent alcohol volume)
aloe vera gel
an essential oil, such as tea tree oil or lavender oil, or you can use lemon juice instead