Since Monday, March 23, 2020 I have been at home. I decided to wait to send out the blog to see how it’s going. So far, so good. I have a place to live, food, supplies and enough toilet paper to last a while. No, I did not stockpile.
My advice is to not watch the presidential updates. I watched a couple and that was enough. Instead of holding the updates during the news they are breaking into regular programming. This can create what I call News Media Trauma. I have a blog on my website, betsyramsey.com under News Media on this topic. I do watch the news at 6:00 to keep up with the progression of the virus.
If watching the news is stressing you, cut it off. Personally, I don’t listen to politicians, but to the health care professionals. Two of my providers have sent emails with information.
When I start thinking about myself and wondering how it will all end, I switch the focus and pray for those on the front lines. Medical, law enforcement, truckers, store workers who are trying to serve customers and keep food and other items in stock. Anyone who has a job that requires them to keep working. Also, for the homeless and those who cannot afford to stock up. Food is being provided in our area to those who cannot afford it.
Being realistic, I know that there are people who will not heed the warnings and will spread the virus if they contract it. I also know that domestic violence, sexual assault and child molestation will likely increase in homes where it is already occurring. Being homebound with abusers and sexual predators is never a good situation.
Whether it is the current Coronavirus or other fears, when we allow it to take over our lives it can create more issues. First, how many issues do you already have? Then, do you really need to add another one? While a disease that can spread and possibly cause death, is not something we should ignore, we do not have to live in fear.
As I was stocking up to work my part time job at home during this time, I will admit I have snacks that may not be the healthiest you can ingest. I also have healthy snacks and foods. I do not like dark chocolate, but I am eating a small piece each night because it is supposed to be good for you. I consider it bad tasting medicine. I’m sure the chocoholics cringe at such a statement.
Due to all that is happening, it is easy to become fearful. This does not change the situation nor does it help you cope. I recommend that you do not spend this time in fear. Do something positive. Use this as an opportunity to renew and refresh. That’s how I am approaching the next couple of weeks. If it ends up being longer, I will reassess.
You can call and check on family and friends. Maybe it will help both of you cope. I greatly appreciate the family and friends who have checked on me and offered to bring me whatever I need.
I plan to breathe, pray, read the Bible and work on my online business. Just like I do normally when I am off. The only difference will be working at home on my part time job. Since I won’t be going anywhere other than to get supplies, I hope to use it as an opportunity and not as an inconvenience. When it is over, and it will be someday, I want to look back and know that I was fruitful, not fearful.
So, exercise if you are physically able – when standing do the shimmy, the twist, jump up and down or whatever your body can tolerate. Most importantly, keep your sense of humor.
You may be wondering what will happen if I get the virus? I will be sick and either survive or go home to be with the Lord. I will either be healed on earth or in heaven so there is no reason to live in fear.
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