These are strange times we are going through - times that are unlike any we have ever seen or experienced before. But so was 911, and we pulled...These are strange times we are going through - times that are unlike any we have ever seen or experienced before. But so was 911, and we pulled together as a nation and became stronger as a result of it. The media is updating us hourly (at the very least!) on the latest numbers and the latest mandates and recommendations from the CDC and government and this, while important information, can be daunting to say the least.
We have been requested to stay home, home from work, home from school, home from the mall, ball games, movies, social gatherings, and even church. When we do go out to pick up groceries and supplies, we are asked to keep 6 feet away from others, sneeze or cough (if we must!) into a tissue or our arm, wipe and sanitize the surfaces we touch before and after use and wash our hands for 20 seconds with soap and warm water every chance we get. We also want to reach out to the elderly and those with compromising health issues that might not be able to shop for needed groceries, prescriptions, etc. to see if we can pick these things up for them. Who would have thought this time last year that we as a nation, as a world, would be dealing with all of this?
To prevent myself from tumbling into a state of anxiety and despair, I have for weeks now begun my mornings by literally counting my blessings, listing each one I can think of and thanking God for blessing me so. No matter how difficult times may be for us, there are always so many things to be grateful for that we often take for granted. When I list them one by one, I am amazed at how blessed I truly am. And as simple as this may sound, it makes such a difference in how I view and navigate the rest of my day.
I would love to hear what you do to help alleviate fear, depression, and anxiety, and to start your day off in a positive and meaningful direction. Please take a moment and share your thoughts here. It could be just what someone else needs to hear! And know that we at Recovery Alliance are here to support you in any way we can during this trying time - we will get through this, together.
Stay safe and well!
Recovery Alliance Coordinator