It seems like everywhere you look, there is somebody (the news anchor, the random person on the bus, your dramatic family member) who is more than willing to hype up the Coronavirus and seems seconds away from a downright panic (and yes, this family member took all the toilet paper from the local Safeway so you don't have any).
Okay, this is a little tongue-in-cheek - at Donahoe Kearney we are taking the virus seriously. But in all of this, how can you make sure you're staying grounded, well informed, and as serene as you can be?
1. Start with getting a good night of sleep every night. Turn off the news no later than 8 p.m. and give your body and mind a break. Sleep is our powerhouse; once we start to lose sleep it gets harder to maintain perspective. So get those Z's.
2. Limit the amount of time you watch the news. Don't get sucked into sitting in front of the TV for 12 hours at a time catching the latest update. Just get the info you need then turn it off.
3. Take reasonable precautions - we all know what's appropriate by now; special care for the elderly and for those with compromised immune systems and anything else recommended by a reputable source (say, the CDC). But, stay away from catastrophic thinking.
And if you can help it, don't read any more of those terrible corporate emails reminding you about ensuring public health by washing your hands.
4. Stay inside this 24 hours. Don't get ahead of time and start worrying about tomorrow. Notice your surroundings, smells, textures, voices. Stay grounded in the here and now.
5. Work, and play with your kids. If you have work do to from home, do it. If your kids are home, take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with them. Try not to get isolated: connect with people safely, whether in person or on the phone.
6. Breathe. When your heart starts to race, take five deep breaths.
7. Look for things you can do for other people, especially elderly neighbors or overwhelmed mothers. Being of service gets you out of your own head and empowers you with a solution, even if just in a small way.
Practice these little things every day and when the hysteria comes to call, you'll have the tools to stay grounded. And if you have questions about your case of you have a potential new case, give us a call. We are still open and looking forward to serving you.
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