This is a scary time for most of us as we have not been through anything like this. We live in a land of great freedom and privilege and what is happening goes against everything we are accustomed to. Some of us are mad, because we believe this should not have happened. Many want to blame others. Some are taking the “every man for himself” attitude and just trying to survive. It’s a difficult time to deal with for all of us.
I’m not saying I am not privileged, frustrated, or scared, but I am trying a few of the following coping skills on for size:
- Do what is within your control. Stay inside as much as possible. If you must go out, limit your contact and keep a safe distance. Wash your hands!
- Stay in the present moment. Even if you get sick, anticipating the worst does no good. Take it one day, one moment at a time.
- Reach out to family and friends (virtually) for support and/or even for distraction. We are all in this together.
- Laugh. In tragic times many people do not give themselves permission to laugh, but there is a close connection between comedy and tragedy. So tell your joke, watch your comedy, and make those around you smile.
- Get in touch with your spiritual side. If nothing else, step outside on occasion and marvel at how life continues.
- Express yourself/be vulnerable. Life has always been short, and we can’t share too much sentiment. If you have something you need to get at, write it down at minimum!
None of us know how this will end. We have been saying, “Live today as if it’s your last day” right? Now is the time to focus on what is most important to you.