These are weird times. In fact, these are freaking terrifying times. Many American’s and people all over the world are now staying at home. We can’t leave our homes without putting ourselves at risk, and there’s no guarantee we’re safe at home either. This virus (COVID-19) has a long incubation period, and people can be asymptomatic. It’s no surprise we are losing our minds.
With everything that is going on, it’s hard not to go just a little cray-cray. Sometimes, I feel like I’m absolutely losing my marbles. I’m already running out of activities for my 18-month-old daughter. Seriously, the weather hasn’t been great, and we’ve been stuck in the house for the majority of the time. I started using tiktok, people. We are not ok, but we are healthy. So, I probably need to quit bitching.
During all this craziness, we have to take an opportunity to just slow down. Practice meditation and work on your breathing. Figure out a way to calm yourself during this storm. My therapist taught me 4 square breathing. Breathe in for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, release for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, repeat. It’s that easy, and it really does help.
We have to be willing to embrace the change and take advantage of it. Our world is so fast-paced. We rarely ever take the time to slow the F down. Now is our time. The universe is literally screaming at us to take it down a notch. So, do it.
With all of the advancements in technology, we have unlimited possibilities at our fingertips. There are courses and classes (a lot for free) that you have the opportunity to take advantage of. Here are 250 Ivy League classes you can take for free online.
Have a passion? Want to learn something new? Now is the time. We all still have daily responsibilities that need to be taken care of, but I what to challenge you to do something to improve yourself during this time. You don’t have to master rocket science or learn how to build a cathedral unless that’s your thing. Take up a hobby. Learn about something you are passionate about. Get involved with a virtual community. Do something to help yourself grow.
Talk to Someone.
If you are really struggling, don’t go through this alone. If you’re like me, you probably feel like we’re all losing our minds, and we may very well be. Don’t push your mental health aside during this time. There are many resources and outlets if you are struggling with your mental health. Here’s just a few:
- Postpartum Coaching with ME.
- BetterHelp Online Counseling
- National Institue of Mental Health
- Postpartum Support International
- Reach Out on Social Media: there are a lot of groups and online communities for mental health.
Do your best.
At the end of the day, all we can do is survive. We all have our own struggles, and this is not an easy time for anyone. More importantly, we need to take care of each other. Stay home if you do not have to get out. You may be fine, but someone else may not be so lucky.
We have to have compassion. Now more than ever. Lift each other up. Reach out and connect if you know someone that is struggling. If you are struggling, talk to someone. We need to take care of ourselves and each other. Stay well, mamas!