The coronavirus spreads quickly and you can do your part to flatten the curve during this challenging time https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2020/world/corona-simulator/.
How? The answer keeps being the same: Social Distancing. If we can keep the coronavirus from spreading exponentially, we will have more health care for those who need it most.
And do what you can to alleviate your anxiety. Both acknowledging, accepting and processing your anxiety will help your immune system. You may have family you are concerned about, and the news is all about the coronavirus. You’re not alone. So how can you keep your sanity during this crisis?
First, be present with your fear and handle the news. Notice your impulse to check the news. How much information is enough for you? Track your own emotional experience. Take breaks and do check in’s with yourself. How much alarm is too much for my disposition is a great question to ask.
Also, meditation or simply some deep breaths can help alleviate your anxiety. The Ten Percent Happier site has created a collection of meditations specifically for managing coronavirus anxiety https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide.
In addition, the Ten Percent Happier Site is offering live meetings online every day at 3 PM featuring different top meditation and mindfulness teachers https://www.tenpercent.com/live?utm_source=cv_response&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=cv_response_tphlive_reminder.
Another option is to contact the nCenter (406-599-2492) for online sessions where you can both talk about your concerns and perhaps do a meditation with your counselor as a guide. Our nCenter nutritionist can also teach you how to activate your vagal nerve and do mindfulness to support your well-being.
Whatever you do, remember to stay in the moment. Take a breath in breath and an even longer out breath. Focus on your breath. Also, be aware of your perspective. There is uncertainty, but realize our interconnectedness. Ask yourself how we, together can do our part and imbue our actions with a sense of responsibility toward others? One way is Social Distancing. Another is a friendly gesture or a kind word. It all works.