How are you holding up?
Maybe you’ve lost count of how many days we’ve been in quarantine and you’re regretting the dumb memes you posted at the beginning of this. Perhaps this health crisis has become personal for you and, if that’s the case, my heart goes out to you.
If I’m being honest, it’s been a mixed bag for me. I’ll be calm, rational, and grateful one moment to anxious, scared, and guilt-ridden the next. I also received some tough news this past week, which made the surreal aspect of this turn into stark reality. So, I wouldn’t say I’m doing great, but I’m definitely aware that things could be worse.
Outside of comfort foods and larger wine pours, here are some things that are helping me cope:
Nothing clears your head better than a walk around the neighborhood. I listen to a podcast, breathe in some fresh air, and take a million photos of flowers along the way. If you aren’t able to go outside, enjoy a walk through the Palais Royal in Paris.
Although my feelings have been all over the place, one constant is the feeling of privilege. It’s worrisome to think what will happen our marginalized communities who are most vulnerable. Donate your time or money to a local food bank or favorite nonprofit to make a positive impact.
As a chronic over thinker, yoga is one of the only things that gives my mind a break. The Down Dog app (free until May 1!) offers 11 different types of yoga for all levels. It’s my personal fave but lots of friends talk highly of Yoga with Adriene on YouTube.
Leaning Into It
Leaning into your emotions can be a healthy way to cope. The idea is to feel all of your feelings with self-compassion so that you can process things instead of letting toxicity build up. This is particularly helpful for eternal optimist types or those not comfortable with the uncomfortable feelings (totally me!).
On a similar topic, journaling is another great way to process your emotions. I’ve made it habit to type all my thoughts out for five or ten minutes each weekday morning. It’s a judgement free zone where I can say whatever I want whether trite or super intense.
While this may all sound very zen, don’t be fooled! It’s been a rollercoaster over here at the maison and I’ve had just as many tough days as good ones.
These things have helped me cope but it takes a lot of trial and error. Dance parties worked for a short while and I had a deeply failed attempt at meditating. Keep trying until you find whatever works for you and keep in mind that you may have to switch things up.
Most importantly, remember that it’s okay to not be okay right now. It’s a tough time for us all but we’ll get eventually get through this. Big digital hug and stay well!