We can all say that 2020 isn’t going as we planned. In fact, that would be an understatement to say the least. Coming out of 2019, we all had plans for us honing into our crafts, hobbies, and careers, with optimistic declarations of finally reaching our target weight loss goals, starting our own businesses, and living our best lives. However, it seems as if since this year started, there has been nothing but tragic news and setbacks from a global perspective. All of these unforeseen circumstances (I don’t have to name them–just look at the latest headlines) have led to consistent somber media coverage, social isolation, and financial turmoil for most.
Anyone with access to a phone or television who consistently consumes all of this negative energy or has experienced multiple losses (e.g., financial, death, etc.) is bound to develop some sort of mental illness. Whether in the form of anxiety or depression (or both), these states of mind can ultimately become crippling for not only yourself but your loved ones as well.
I initially found myself feeling these exact same emotions. As a nurse, daughter, and friend, the self-isolation and nervousness about what was to come totally exhausted me, almost preventing me from even wanting to reach out to others or perform well at work. It wasn’t until I woke up one morning on my day off feeling so depleted that I said to myself, “Enough is enough.” The first thing I did was get on my knees and said a prayer for strength, discernment, abundance, and coverage over myself and my loved ones. The next thing I did was shower, got dressed in my favorite casual outfit, and did my hair and make-up. Now before you say to yourself, “What does that have to do with what’s going on in the world?”, think to yourself the last time you did all of those things. Honestly, when was the last time to did your routine of looking and feeling good? When was the last time you felt a since of normalcy? Yes, I had nowhere to go due to the stay-at-home recommendations and the total shutdown of local businesses, but the point was to “feel normal”. The point was to not feel out of control, but to be in control of what was in front of me at that very moment. Yes, it was a small start–but it was a start, and it grounded me.
Over time, I begin to develop a routine again. Outside of work, I began cleaning my home, journaling, doing in-home workouts, sitting on my patio, cooking my favorite dishes (I’ve gotten so much better at cooking!), and even watching online webinars about hobbies or businesses that I’ve always been interested in but never found the time to consider. If you noticed, I didn’t mention drinking tons of wine, watching tons of TV, scouring social media, or purchasing items off of Amazon that I had no business buying. Now I’m not saying that you can’t do any of these things in moderation, but what I am saying is that in the long run, these things will serve no purpose for you or your health. With so much energy from external forces being devoted to fear, impulsiveness, and uncertainty, I found that consciously being aware of my own perspective and focus helped me tremendously.
In closing, I understand that anyone deemed as an essential worker has a different experience than most right now. We have increased exposure to the public when most are self-isolating, even in strenuous work environments. However, we must take care of ourselves mentally, spiritually, and physically first in order to be the heroes for others. Remember, were are in this together.
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