In just a matter of weeks, the widespread nature of the threats and impacts of this crisis have become both very personal – a matter of basic safety and security – and global. The impacts run deep for everyone the world over, and for some, it runs very, very deep.
Nothing in my lifetime compares to what we are collectively facing today. During this time, I am finding I need to take extra care – and more time – to keep my mind settled and focused. I know I am not alone. It’s hard to imagine anyone escaping the stress and anxiety that this situation presents.
Generally I focus on the issues that affect the social conditions and economic security of whole communities. Today, I want to turn to the importance of taking care of yourself.
How are you maintaining your emotional balance during this period of time?
For me, deep breathing is my path to mindfulness and calm. Quieting my core and letting the stress melt away is both a physical and mental experience. Now more than ever, taking time to clearing my mind before charging in is really important. I can’t be a help to anyone if I am not centered and balance and that right now is taking extra effort. And, that’s okay.
I am no expert – I have only my personal experience. I am happy to offer you videos on “Managing Anxiety in the Age of Coronavirus” that run less than 40 minutes in three sessions. Thank you KGA, Inc., our Employee Assistance Program, for permission to share them with you. (Since this is a courtesy posting, they are not able to accept calls from the general public).
I know my blog readers are passionate about helping others in your community. At this time (and always) please, take extra care of yourself because in so doing you will be best able to help others. Thank you. Be well.