We are all feeling it. Life as we have always known it has changed, and it looks like this new normal is not going to end quickly.
With that being said, I am going to pull out my counselor's hat and dust it off a bit.
I know that many of us, including me, may be feeling lonely, anxious, confused, and/or a bit depressed.
Everything is up in the air and none of us know what to expect. It is definitely spring here in Atlanta and so for me, I am able to get out and enjoy the warmer weather. That may just mean walking around my neighborhood or even some days my parking lot, but I find that the fresh air makes me feel better. (Don't forget that social distancing is important even when outside.)
It is very difficult to be in isolation, especially when you live alone. There is no human touch, and human touch is very important. So what do we do to combat all of these emotions that we are having?
First of all it is important to know that none of us are alone in this. Second is to understand that nothing of what you are feeling is wrong. Third don't be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
I know that many of the younger generation don't like to talk on the phone, but if you feel that is something you need to do then be sure and talk to your family about it.
I like to FaceTime with my family. It allows me to see their faces and to feel like I am there with them in their homes. You can also Skype if you don't have access to FaceTime, and I am sure there are other apps that I don't know about.
I am a news junkie, but most of the news is repititious. They keep telling us over and over how terrible everything is. They are right that what is going on is very serious, but I think as long as we keep abreast of what is happening, we don't need to listen to it 24/7.
Pull yourself away from the news and focus on other things. What are some other things? Let's talk about that in the next post, when I will tell you about some of the things I am doing.
In the meantime continue to follow the CDC guidelines, and know that at some point we will come out of this. We will be able to get out and about again doing the things we love, and we will be hugging those children and grandchildren. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it?