Hey y'all! Comin' atcha from lock-down!
All jokes aside, I earnestly and honestly ask you: How Are You? How are you holding up? What are you doing to combat any anxiety you may be facing? How are you filling your time? I pray you are yours are safe and healthy, and stay that way. Please stay home. This too shall pass.
This is certainly one of, if not the, strangest times in our lives thus far for the majority of us, therefore, from what I have seen, we need to give ourselves some grace and try and find the good in the mundane.
A couple things that have helped me, and my anxiety, during this time have been:
1. During the work week, I have continued to dress the part. As someone who lives to get dressed, especially Dressed Up, this has been KEY for my mental health, not to mention my creativity and productivity! Even if you aren't typically the type to get gussied up for your job, I would encourage you to spend some of your day in a pair of actual shoes, maybe throw on a crisp denim jacket, just something to boost your confidence and appearance, and to not get into a grey sweats routine. Switch it up, sister! The world is forever your oyster! Quarantine or not!
2. On the weekends, give into the need to rest. Take a nap, take a bubble bath, binge a TV show. Relax your mind. Relax your body. The weekends, I have found, are the hardest. There are no schedules, no agendas, no routines...no frands. These are the two days that could really trigger depression and anxiety, especially in those who are prone; so I say again: Rest. Rest, but don't sink. Don't sink into the couch, don't sink into the gloom, or the what-ifs or unknown; if you feel yourself doing this - go for a walk, do some yoga (there are a million workout videos on YouTube), go outside to read, call someone, journal... Just don't sink.
3. The ultimate silver-lining that I have found, has been time. Time to do. Time to be. Whether you spend your time organizing closets that haven't seen the light of day in a while, or you pick up an old hobby you haven't had the time for, or you start a hobby that you hadn't previously had time to invest in learning - the bright side to all of this, is that we now have time. I have personally found the time to write more, to blog again, to be in the kitchen, to create outfits; to do all of the things that make me ME, those things that bring me the most joy and that spark vivid life into my day-to-day! No, this isn't a lot different than how I normally live my life, but having the extra time to commit has been appreciated, and I am using it accordingly!
What brings you the most joy? What have you been putting off? What would perk you up right now? Cultivate those things, you now have been given the time!
The time is now.