Our world today is so much different than just a month ago. With the emergence of COVID-19 so many things are uncertain. My daughter is a nurse and on the "front lines" along with many of my friends and family who are first responders and/or in the medical field. I have an elderly mother living with me along with a niece with Cystic Fibrosis who lost her sister 7 years ago to cf. My business is normally slow this time of year so that is a blessing, however, we do not know how long this will affect all of us. To say this has the potential to hit hard is an understatement. However, I have decided I am facing this with as much of a sense of calm as possible. It is normal to be scared, distressed, or angry when there is a new infectious disease outbreak in our communities. Fear is a natural response to the unknown, and we are still figuring out how COVID-19 will affect our families and our communities. We need to be careful that fear is not what we spread across our communities. When we take actions that help us be prepared, healthy, and informed, we can spread calm instead.
Would I think or do the same thing if this was a different infectious disease, like the flu?
Does what I’m doing make people safer, or does it create more fear or harm?
Recognize when you are experiencing fear and stress. Identify what you are afraid of and then take action.
Practice actions that protect yourself and others.
Find out when and where you can find accurate information.
Share information with people in your family and networks, especially those who might have difficulty understanding or being reached.
Find a balance between getting timely information and limiting your media intake to do things that put you in a positive mood or that you can control.
Make plans that help you and people around you feel safer, calmer and more prepared.
Talk to others who you trust.
Find someone who will learn with you and who will help you watch your fear. You can do the same for them and spread calm to others.
Stick with healthy, normal routines.
Strengthen your body’s immune system and flush fear from your body-- physical activity, calming activities, healthy diet, and good sleep.
I hope this has been a bit helpful for you. All my family, friends and clients are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult and unusual time.