Ponderings

Welcome to the Pandemic

It has always been advised that we should try new things in life to expand, explore, grow, learn, etc. Not sure a pandemic was on anyone’s list, but here we are! And we are all in this together!

There is a LOT of information out there. Please be sure you rely on trusted sources. Some of the info has already been debunked (such as holding your breath for 10-15 seconds without coughing, etc. means you do not have CV). 

You are not immune or superhuman. All sources remind us that even though you may not demonstrate any symptoms, you may be a carrier and can literally be the cause of someone’s death. Do not be reckless or think you are “above it all.” Be smart. 

Now is the time to walk your talk. Whatever modalities you practice or teach, use them. If it’s energy medicine, herbalism, vibrational healing, etc., use it. For Law of Attraction folks, keep in mind that what you focus on grows. If you are prone to fear and worry, please do not subject yourself to overwhelming amounts of scary data. 

There are lists upon lists of good info on how to stay safe, how to stay isolated, how to stay sane, how to stay busy. Here are just a few little additional notes:

Laugh! Even though we are surrounded by the unknown, right this moment you can turn to a funny meme, TV show, friend, movie, YouTube, book, or anything else that tickles your fancy. Keep laughing – the health benefits are enormous! For those of you who challenge the laughter with thoughts of, “How can you laugh at a time like this?,” I remind you of the notion that I use with myself and all my students and clients – At The Same Time. Yes, the CV is real and yes it is scary, but at the same time there is plenty more going on around us that is beautiful, soothing, funny, educational, and on and on. And that’s real. 

Maintain normalcy. I am a CISM trauma debriefer, the EAP provider for a first responder network, and am on the Regional State Behavioral Health Crisis Team. Maintaining as much normalcy as possible is one of the most important things to keep in mind in times of trauma and crisis. Try to stick with your normal routine. Do one thing at a time. If you have regular items on your daily schedule, do them if you are able to. Walk around your house or yard and notice that nothing has changed – everything is still there and it is all the same as it was yesterday. Then you can add some of the following ideas. Sooth yourself with warm and yummy foods and beverages. Take hot showers or baths. Surround yourself with calming scents or sounds. Go outside and play in the yard. Here in Collinsville/Canton, everyone is outside riding bikes, walking, running, or working in their gardens. 

And finally, don’t forget your affirmations to speak directly to your subconscious mind. Everything is fine. Everything is OK. I’m good. I’m healthy. I’m fine. Everything is alright. And countless others of your own choosing. 

Most importantly of all: 

We are going to be okay!

We got this!

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