Just when I thought I couldn’t make it, I made it! Does this ever happen to you? You are so deep in making the dream happen that you forget to see how far you have come in making the dream a reality. A dear friend recently told me to remember to celebrate my accomplishments, so I want to remind you to celebrate all you have come through during this pandemic. You have overcome drastic changes to the way you lived your life. Your schedule has changed, and if you have children at home who are still in elementary, middle, or high school, you are now teaching, on top of doing your regular job. You are, incredibly, the proverbial super person.
Find a way to celebrate. Maybe it’s time for you to take a sanctuary bath that includes candles, a cup of calming tea, and some lavender diffused in a diffuser that projects your favorite colors. Take time to pamper yourself during this time of sheltering in place at home. It can only do you, and by default, your family well if you take care of yourself. So many times, the caregivers forget to care for themselves. Don’t be in that number. It takes some time out of your busy day, but take the time, and watch how much better you handle this new normal.
It’s day, I don’t even know, of this new normal, and while I am trying to remember what it was like to greet someone I haven’t seen in a while with a hug, the hardest thing for me to shake is the feeling of separation. The slogans saying, “we will get through this together” and “stay home and safe lives” are wearing thin. Anxiety is not something familiar, so what should be done to stay calm while getting through these last couple of phases of this gradual reopening of our neighborhoods, country, and commerce? First, let us remember the resurgence of the virus that happened in China when people tried to get back to life as usual. This is apparently a process, and we have to remember those in our community who are at risk. We will make it through this together, so let’s continue to take it step by step. To make a difference to those we can reach, let’s share some relaxing remedy’s that have gotten us through the moments of anxiety. Here’s what happened to me on a particularly anxious day. After walking away from the refrigerator for the umpteenth time, I decided to have some tea, then it dawned on me to turn on my diffuser. The diffuser was empty so I tried a combination that I think you will find effective in changing your outlook. I put in some On Guard and Lavender in the diffuser. I didn’t stop there. I made a cup of Chai tea, and the rest is history, as they say.
Stay safe and explore the wonder of new discovery in whatever way that comes to you during this time of sheltering place for the sake of our most vulnerable neighbors. Here’s to new adventures at home and staying away from the refrigerator.