It’s safe to say that this pandemic has already gone on much longer than any of us could have anticipated.
We know that you are just as eager as we are for life to go back to normal as soon as possible, and hope that you and your loved ones are all safely inside awaiting the end of this stressful pandemic.
We can't wait to visit the park with our children on a sunny day, safely visit ailing parents, or have dinner at any one of our favorite restaurants.
We hope these may help you to find any possible silver lining in this crisis and help lift your spirits. We are all in this together!
Everything in life seems really important… until you are sick. Then you realize there was only one thing that was truly important: Your health. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from battling this worldwide pandemic, it’s to have gratitude for our blessings and not to sweat the small stuff. As long as us and our loved ones are safe and healthy, the rest of our problems can be sorted out later. This time will serve as a reminder to let go of the things that don’t really matter.
Normally, we’re totally consumed with juggling a million different tasks and busy schedules from day to day. This usually leads us to put our health on the backburner until we are already sick, run down, or diagnosed with a condition.
This pandemic has undoubtedly shown us the importance of taking a step back and remembering that a healthy lifestyle is a worthwhile priority and investment. If anything like this were ever to happen again (knock on wood!), an already strengthened immune system would give you a protective advantage and be your first line of defense against health threats like the one we’re currently facing.
Those of us who thought about our immune system only when we were already sick in the past are unlikely to make the same mistake again in the future.
This pandemic has forced us to be cooped up indoors pretty much all day everyday, while simultaneously more anxious, stressed, and worried about our health than probably ever before.
With most of us having a lot more free time in our schedules and nowhere to go, this has driven us to find new ways to recenter ourselves and relax through the uncertainty. Whether it’s taking your time to draw a spa-worthy bubble bath, writing your feelings down in a journal, pampering yourself with an at-home manicure, stretching, meditating, or sitting down with a good book, this time has shown us the many benefits of a relaxing self-care routine.
Eliminating anxiety completely during this time has been nearly impossible, but taking some time to pamper ourselves is a habit we can surely take with us when things return to normal.
For many of us going through this social distancing alone, or for those accustomed to frequent social gatherings (yes, we’re talking to you social extroverts!), social distancing has brought on feelings of debilitating loneliness.
It’s estimated that on a typical day, approximately 30% of adults age 18 - 49 experience loneliness, compared to 17% of people age 50 and older. Now add in the feelings of isolation from a dramatic change in work environment (to remote settings) and complete physical detachment from friends and family. It’s totally normal if you’re battling with feelings of loneliness during this time.
These feelings of loneliness can serve as a positive reminder of the importance of maintaining strong social ties and building a support network. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a social butterfly, but investing some time nurturing relationships can really pay off in times like these when we need a supportive network to fall back on.
Once this is all over, we’re not likely to take for granted a girl’s night out, movie date at the theatre, or eating out at our favorite restaurant. It may even push us out of our comfort zones, motivating us to explore more social adventures and experiences than ever before.
Coping with negative emotions, overcoming fear and loneliness, and reworking pretty much all of our normal routines to fit a new isolated lifestyle, are just some of the countless challenges that every single one of us has had to overcome recently. Add in those who have lost their jobs, been unable to pay bills, and have battled for their lives or the lives of those they love.
We’ve been forced into a situation requiring a huge amount of unexpected change, large amounts of patience, and adaptability. These things are generally not easy on the human mind, as we are creatures of habit, and generally don’t enjoy having unpleasant circumstances forced upon us.
But we have persevered to protect ourselves and our loved ones, and communities all over the country have shown the kindness, love, generosity, and strength that lies within the human spirit. This includes the continued support for healthcare workers, the funny videos and memes that have lifted our spirits, and every person who has gone out of their way to help. In one way or another, we have all played a vital role in reminding one another of the importance of community. In these tough times, we truly are all one, and our differences no longer matter!
IT'S ABOUT YOU. IT'S ABOUT YOUR HEALTH. IT'S ABOUT RECONNECTING.