We dream of sitting in the house to relax during the week. While sitting in meetings throughout the week, our minds often drift to what we will do over the weekend. Thoughts of sleeping until noon, binge watching a television show on Netflix, going for that run that you have been been meaning to get in since last week, or even decluttering. Now, with COVID-19 taking over our daily lives, we have nothing but time, but many are becoming antsy and not really interested in those things on the to-do list that they once had with an extremely busy schedule.
Some say they are more stressed and extremely overwhelmed and unsure of how to balance. First thing is first….STOP, and relax, and walk away for a moment or two. I have sat and watched my teenage son daily sit and complete assignments on his laptop at a desk daily and I have become probably just as anxiety-ridden as many of the students facing such challenges. I had a student text me earlier this week, and then another, and then another email sharing that they were trying to cope with online courses, and I issued out the same advice.
Step away! Walk, run, cry, throw something (just not at anyone please…), or just turn on music. I realized how much this new way of life has been peaceful for me, but I also realize that many are struggling and now is the time to contact online therapists and digging down to figure out what additional things could assist you. I do realize that there are an abundance of resources, but start with stepping away for a moment, calling someone that you trust to help you, and then taking the next step.
One of my favorite tv shows growing up was A Different World and this scene is what comes to mind anytime I begin to feel that anxiety arising. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuNLVV6Yvks
Sending you and yours blessings,