We are in danger of losing our minds. Literally. Coronavirus may not be impacting our physical health, but all of the fear, the distancing and the added demands of trying to control what we can't is a bit overwhelming for our brain. We are kicking into information overload and the stress response impacts your ability to fight illness, make good decisions, and maintain your happiness. None of this even needed explanation.
So, in an effort reduce your overload, I am going to say that the number one thing keeping me from going nuts on day 4 of social isolation.
Schedule in time that is free from technology and corona free.
Find a way to put into your schedule blocks of time where you don't answer the phone, you turn off the tv and computer, and you plan something you need to do or want to do.
Today, I plan to workout, I plan to write, I plan to read. I even think I'll try to block time for one of those mind-numbing tv shows I never get to watch.
What passion have you longed to connect with but can't because your world is turned upside down? What can you do to be physically active to move your body in order to reduce the stress? What apps do you have that engage your kids so you don't have to lord over them for a few. Try Gonoodle.com for physical activity. Khanacademy.org allows you to set up lessons with a click and progress monitor your child while it sytematically assesses and places your child.
Beachbodyondemand.com offers a year of physical exercise you can do at home with your kids or by yourself. Our family will be doing "Double Time" a teamwork based workout made for families and fitness partners by Tony Horton. If you need a coach, message me and I'll recommend some you might like.
For a beautiful new coloring book, Ralph Masiello just released one called Fantastic Fruits.
Fantastic Fruits: A Grimal Grove Coloring Book
Learn more: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1623541417/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U_oirCEbTYB4YAK (Link is attached to the coloring book above)
Maybe you'd like to try the Calm App or Headspace and long for some oils to help you deepen your meditation. Here are some of my picks for mood and meditation: The image below is a link to a cart that can be changed if you want the oils!