Is this pandemic making you feel anxious?
Do you wonder when it will be over and what the “new normal” will look like?
Are you concerned about the new form of the virus that is attacking children? MISC = Multiple Inflammatory Syndrome in Children
Do you feel anxious because the number of deaths continues to grow and there doesn’t seem to be anything you can do to stop it?
If so, you are not alone.
The meme at the top of this message tells us that we are not totally at the mercy of helpless anxiety. There are some things we can do to reduce our anxiety:
- Go outside
- Ask for help
- Create something
- Drink water
- Write about how you feel
- Take a deep breath
- Listen to soothing songs
- Stay present
- Find a positive distraction
All those ideas are fine and dandy if all we care about is reducing our own anxiety. But what if what we care about is helping to alleviate others’ suffering? What if we want to play some role in shortening this COVID-19’s life-span?
One of those items on the list hit me as an action that can do more than just alleviate MY anxiety… and it can help others as well. Which one do you think it is?
Here are a couple of clues:
I have a several friends who are eliminating their feelings of helplessness in the face of this virus by using their creativity – – – they are making masks and sending them to the local hospital, the nursing home, and sending them to places where masks are in short supply.
Also, other creative people are using the internet to draw people together, creating inspirational videos to lift spirits. Check this one out:
There are so many ways people are using their creativity to relieve anxiety, bring hope, and send out messages of love and faith.
We are not helpless.
We are not hopeless.
We don’t need to sit idly at home feeling anxious.
Let’s put our heads together safely,
activate our creativity,
find an anxiety antidote
that uses our talents
to help ourselves and others
get through this period
with love and encouragement.
What we do matters!
what will you do today?