Coffee Stained Lens: Staying Calm in the Storm, Sipping on my Coffee at Home

TL;DR Take care of yourself wholistically, stay informed and keep calm.

Well life is finally slowing down like I’ve never dreamt it would. This is it. This is what those books that I constantly read in middle school prepared me for. This is what that post-apocalyptic RPG that I used to play in the library had trained me for. Except not. This isn’t the end of the world. This isn’t the apocalypse. We will be okay as long as we do something that most of us have trouble doing…..listen. Listen to the professionals and know what a credible source is. The CDC and the World Health Organization are great sources to start with. And like I said, LISTEN TO THE PROFESSIONALS.

Any advice others can give you, esp. bloggers and youtubers, is great but it is not the same. Medical professionals and scientists know what they are talking about. Please listen to them!

And in the meantime, keep calm. Be a good neighbor, friend, etc. Stay alert, not anxious. Look for the helpers and if you can’t find any, be one. And as I’ve reminded myself from time to time: “Pray More, Worry Less.”

 I know that’s easier said than done. It’s pretty surreal that after years of managing my anxiety, everyone around me has to learn to do the same and it’s another reminder that I still haven’t mastered it. On Friday, surrounded by my coworkers we received the news that school had been shut down for 3-4 weeks and as a result we were to do our work remotely. First of all, I’m excited to see how exactly that looks considering our job is to support students in school. Second of all, I’m pretty sure I was having a panic attack that entire day.

I’m praying that the state doesn’t go into quarantine. I’m praying that this doesn’t last longer than a month. I’m praying that everyone in my corps is safe. I’m praying that my students are safe and fed. I’m praying that my family a state away is healthy. I haven’t prayed so much in my life until now.

That being said, with a month off of going into work and being told to distance myself from big crowds (i.e. social distancing) what am I to do?

So, here is what I’m going to do to:

Re-center on my health—meaning I’m going to get into a routine and stick with it. Sleep decently, continue meditating, yoga/exercise, bullet journal, eat as healthy as I can, and routinely clean my apartment. Ya know, the things that should be the basics. One thing I said I was going to do in January was make my health and family my #1 priority and now is my time to re-center on that.

I’m going to dig deeper into taking care myself in other realms. In my bullet journal I started making a weekly checklist of how I’m taking care of myself emotionally, mentally, socially, physically, professionally and creatively, because I’m trying to approach my health wholistically. Making that checklist actually helped me feel better at work so it should help me now. This includes staying connected and even going on coffee dates with friends who aren’t feeling sick! However, it’s for my emotional safety that I limit my internet time.

That being said, I’ve been sharing a lot of information on Facebook to help any kiddos that are also stuck at home. While it’s crazy out there, please acknowledge that many educational companies and websites are giving free subscriptions to parents and students, and teachers are still actively preparing lesson to teach online. Also, internet and cable companies are also offering access for those who need it.

Please take care of yourself if you are isolated:

  • Read a book
  • Stay educated
  • Read the bible
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Watch funny movies/T.V. shows/YouTube videos
  • Find a good source of entertainment
  • Read my blog when I post because I will be posting frequently, and I will be intentionally trying not to talk about just COVID-19
  • Read other blogs
  • Listen to music
  • Learn a family recipe, or make a homecooked meal
  • Call a friend/family member
  • Email/text/PM
  • Reorganize your room
  • Wash your hands
  • Take vitamins, if needed
  • Exercise, if possible
  • Open your windows if you can for some fresh air
  • Meditate.
    • I recommend the app, “Let’s Meditate” but whatever works best for you is good!

Happy Caffeination, Friends!

P.S. I’m taking suggestions for books to read, shows to watch, and podcasts to listen to.

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