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Our world is in the midst of an unprecedented natural disaster. What road map do we have for finding the inner strength and peace of mind we need to make it through Covid-19?
Nurse, life coach and author Mary Odgers lost her home and a lifetime of memories to a 2008 California wildfire. She knows what it feels like to weather a devastating storm. She also has much wisdom to share about how to keep calm, make it through and find sunlight on the other side.
Mary’s memoir about her journey during and after the California wildfires is Six Funerals and a Wedding.
She offers these 6 tips for staying calm and grounded right now during Covid-19:
1.Maintain a routine
The disruption of routines can make anybody irritable. Maintain the comfort of routines by seeking new ways to keep your usual things going — online yoga classes, anyone? — or creating new routines all together.
2. Limit screen time
We are all hungry for information. But there’s so much out there. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and confused – then feel disempowered. Set clear limits and stick to them.
Physical activity helps burn the extra energy that comes with transition and dealing with crisis and loss. Gym closed? Get creative in your home or outdoors.
With all the extra time at home with loved ones, I’m enjoying a nightly dance party with my new beau. Try it, You’ll be surprised how much happier and more at peace you feel!
What talents of yours can bring people joy right now? Can you teach those online yoga classes? Lead a video writing workshop or book club? Now’s the time to open up, connect and share your gifts.
5. Help others
It will ease your mind and give you strength. Volunteer!
There are many activities you can do right now and still safe and keep your social distance. I’m currently fostering cats for my local rescue!
6. Accept grief and uncertainty
If you’re experiencing grief, anger, and anxiety, don’t resist. Accept it for what it is and let it run its course.
Nobody knows when this crisis will pass, but do remember: eventually, it will. Building strength and serenity today will help create more beauty in the moment, and the future.
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Stay healthy and safe! Much love! xoxo