When we feel powerless we might become less motivated, more anxious , more irritated and find it difficult to focus on much.
For some of us already struggling with anxiety, depression, feelings of isolation these might become more noticeable. We are thinking of the worse case scenario. Often times doing something with a beginning and ending helps create agency reducing this sense of powerlessness.
We are physically distancing ourself but we don’t need to isolate and remain powerless. We can focus on that area that we can control just a little.
Remember to check out facts before believing what you hear. This helps avoid anxiety and panic.
Do pay attention to what you can control and radically accept what you cannot.
I invite you to spread lovingkindness to yourself and others.
May you and I be calmer, feel safer, and find more peace.
I am grateful for you.
Here are 5 Activities to do while you’re self-quarantined.
1. Text 3 random family members or friends to check-in.
2. Go outside for a few minutes. Check out the clouds, the birds, the rabbits or something in nature.
3. Grow your spirituality. Pray if you believe, meditate, send lovingkindness and good energy to yourself and those around you. It’s likely a challenge to be positive right now.
4. Read the book you’ve been meaning to read (and ok, watch a TV show)
5. Get started on your spring cleaning list (all of a sudden weird chores like cleaning the baseboards sound like fun).
5. Things to Not Focus on
1. Watch the Corona Virus Counts non-stop.
2. Create increasing panic for yourself and others by repeating hearsay.
3. Binge watch TV, NetFlix, HULU etc.
4. Have too many visits to the refrigerator (that’s a challenge for many since we are stocked up)..
5. Spend too much time caught up on who is wrong and who is right. We re all in this together!
I am looking forward to warmer weather.
I’ve been meaning to finish reading Quiet by Susan Cain
I have started my spring cleaning by weeding for about 45 minutes when the weather is warmer.
I need to clean the humongous pile of papers on my desk. Now I finally have an excuse to do it.
Which one will you give a try today?
Should you need someone to connect with to help process what’s going on, I am available for online sessions. Contact me at https://nebraskatherapist.com/contact/
Jumoke Omojola is a Licensed Independent Mental Health Therapist in Omaha Nebraska where she helps adults nurture their mental health and embrace mental wellness.
Jumoke serves Bellevue, Papillion, Ralston. LaVista and other surrounding areas of Omaha and Council Bluffs. She is on FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/jtransformations