Eventually, the tides will turn for the better. But for now, just hang in there (be like that hang in there cat in the infamous motivational posters/memes -- cheesy I know, but the gist never gets old and the look on this cat's face is probably just about how we all feel right now). In the meantime, here are some self-care reminders.
Whatever you're feeling right now, it's valid to feel those feelings. There is no wrong way to be you today.
It's normal to crave normalcy.
Patients with yourself and with others is important in this time.
When you don't know how to be, be gentle (with yourself, with others).
Take care of your basic needs. Drink lots of fluids to keep hydrated. Eat healthy nutrients. If you cannot support your basic needs, ask for help.
Keeping a log of your gratitude, goals and growth can add a sense of grounding to your day.
Reach out to your communities/circles. Check-in on how they're doing. Share how you're doing. Burst past isolation and build your sense of community by participating in the #SocialDistancingChallenge (share a video on social of what you're up to and nominate others to do the same).
If you have downtime where you find yourself obsessing with the news, text or call a friend/family member saying you're having a freakout moment. Talk through it.
If you have the time, tap into something entertaining to give your mind a recharging rest (music or shows, i.e., Moving Art on Netflix is very relaxing and inspirational).
Take a deep breath. Feel the strong life-giving heartbeat in your chest. Know you are as strong as that constant rhythm.
If anyone wants/needs to reach out to vent or share how you're doing, you are welcome to connect with me via email at Kelly@HappinessRecharge.com.
Take care of yourself and recharge your self-care often.
Kelly Stone Cramer