Current ear worm= "It's the end of the world as we know it..."
For better or for worse, I have been spending more time than usual listening to and watching the news, trying to get my head around the current chaos and panic. The regular news channels and social media, are by turns, filled with hopeful messages, doom and gloom or reams of misinformation. It can be a struggle to know how to filter through everything bombarding us. Not only are we concerned for the health of family and loved ones but we are worried about the financial aspects. This is especially true for those of us that are small business owners, self-employed or are already living close to the line.
What I am sure of is that the ridiculous line ups, the hoarding and the sensationalism is helping no one. So I propose we focus our energy on positivity and making sure we keep the connection lines open, not only with family and friends but with those most vulnerable: the seniors, shut-ins, those with pre-existing conditions and, yes, our front line workers.
Three ways to focus on positivity during the Covid-19 crisis:
Keep the social media and the tsunami of news down to a dull roar. Maybe check everything once an hour or 3 times a day even. I know it is tough when we are so wired in to crave the constant information, but take that time to do something that lifts you up. Self-care in the form of going for a walk, exercising, writing down your thoughts, meditating or spending time on a favourite hobby can help to lessen your anxiety.
We are a culture of texters and arms length communicators. Let's change it up! Call or Skype each other! If someone is having a tough time, it is easy for them to hide behind texting. To hear the voice of someone who is supportive can make all the difference. Be brave about reaching out. You won't be sorry.
Support small local businesses as much as you can. They may be struggling. Order takeout from local Mom and Pop restaurants either for yourself or to be delivered to someone else. You can also buy gift certificates for dining in later. If you can't get out to shop and have birthdays and other gift giving occasions coming up, many local businesses have online stores and will ship directly to whoever you choose.
As much as possible, be supportive of one another and that includes strangers. Share a smile and a wave. Let's reach out to one another. We are stronger together and remember... this too shall pass. Make sure to follow us on Instagram (click here).