Updated: Jul 22, 2020
How are you coping with social distancing? Find out more how to cope. We are in this together!
Covid-19 sprung upon us like a predator to prey.
We were asked to self-quarantine, socially distance, wear masks, and in some cases we haven’t been able to physically see loved ones for 4 or 5 months depending on your timeline.
This is truly enough to stress anyone out and as depression creeps around us, let me encourage you to try something that I have been working on getting better at consistently. Communication with self, communication with others. Let’s grow together!
I am an introvert. You laugh because if you know anything about me, you know that I chose a very public profession, and that I actually crave people because one of my truly guilty pleasures and one of my learning tools is “people watching”.
No, really. I am a deep introvert that is really kind of at home socially distancing. What I battle is myself much of the time. Inner thoughts, feelings, self-talk, waves of irrational fear, feelings that the majority of people feel but don’t talk about. What helps is when I can journal out the negative, or the fear, or my “crazy”. Journaling doesn’t have to be long and drawn out. You can use a computer or “free hand”. You just have to get thoughts out that are all tangled up in your head, your heart, and your spirit. These are thoughts that you can examine and use to grow.
Once we know what we love, or what makes us sad, angry, stressed out, happy, or a host or other emotions…..we can really start to grow and heal ourselves. We can open up to others little by little when we open up to ourselves. This coping mechanism is powerful if you just share something everyday with yourself honestly. You purge the thoughts….these can even be happy, joyful thoughts that you use to uplift yourself. It is a powerful tool for no one else but you, it helps you invoke balance.
Balance is important to find and maintain in stressful times! When you know you are balanced, you will also know when you are not and journaling will help you work through what you need to either achieve balance or maintain it.
Keep your head up and your hearts and minds open and active loves. We are all going through this together.