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Soothing for an Anxious Time: Maintaining Perspective

April 29, 2020
Published in: COVID-19, Mental Health

Father teaching his son to play guitar

It is hard to have a clear idea of when our need to practice social distancing will end and "normal" life will resume. The experts are trying to weigh the pros and cons of easing restrictions and many of us are having cabin fever. It isn't easy to have so many of our normal activities altered or postponed or simply cancelled. We are going to virtual meetings, attending virtual services, and having phone conversations instead of visits. We have times of great productivity and times of quiet inactivity. We may be struggling with the thought that we could be doing more.

This can be a good time to look at the up side of living with the Covid-19 Virus. Though we can't change a lot of things, one thing that we do have control over is our perspective.

We can reflect on the many benefits of being alive at this time when we know so much more about how to protect ourselves and our families from the risks associated with the Covid-19 Virus. We understand how it spreads and we understand how to protect ourselves from it. We were able to get this information in real time through TV and the Internet. As a result the vast majority of people will survive this pandemic. Though we may take this for granted it is really wonderful that we can communicate so much information to so many people so quickly. It was not always like this.

This too shall pass. May we all embrace ways to make the time more manageable and as enjoyable as possible. We can look to the internet for ideas or we can come up with some of our own. Some people are catching up on their reading. Others are practicing an instrument. The possibilities are endless. It is good to be alive. Our perspective can help us appreciate and enjoy each day.

Be Mindful and be safe.