Actively Choosing to Be Positive…

…in the face of selfish and stupid (OK mostly positive).

People are protesting the stay at home order. Look, it sucks, I get it. I miss going to the movies, wine club, and hugging my friends too but it’s important to stay at home and not do social things in close physical range together right now to keep each other safe. Heck, I even miss work but we have a lot of comforts at home. We have forms of entertainment (TV, Books, Family, Imagination) at home. We have forms of socializing at a distance. For instance, I am hosting a zoom happy hour this evening with my friends. Is it the same as meeting up for a martini? No, but it is sure better then no contact at all.

There is a lot of talk on Social Media about these protest (and protest of the protest which are awesome) so I started to share one I truly think is amazing (see below). The original poster posted it in the spirit of getting others thinking, not actually denying medical care. I really hope it works and gets folks thinking.

While I completely think it makes a great point (if you are risking the health and yourself and others by violating this order in protest you should consider waiving your right to medical care for it should you contract the virus), I chose to delete it after I shared it. There are few reasons for this, but mostly I want my social media to be positive and this would have done nothing short of invite negativity from the aforementioned selfish/stupid people. Secondly, I have people I love in the medical field who wouldn’t even consider not giving someone care for any reason whatsoever because they are AMAZING people. So, for these amazing people – please follow social distancing and staying at home as best you can. Let’s be and stay positive.

I know, there are so many of us out of work (yep I am one of them) but life will return to normal someday and all we can do is the best we can. So do your best to keep everyone safe.

When Anxiety Has No Where To Go Except…

…out your eyeballs.

I have talked with you all about my issues with anxiety. This morning was a rough one. My main anxiety source is potentially and unintentionally hurting other people (particularly those I love and care for most). Well – I got it in my head that I was definitely going to unintentionally expose my dude to germs. So my anxiety took over and I cloroxed the whole house basically. I scrubbed all the pans with scalding hot water and generally freaked out. Once I had done all that, I just started crying for no other reason then I couldn’t think of another release for my anxiety. It had no other way out of my body then my eyeballs.

Very few people have seen my anxiety get this bad – I can count them on one hand. So I looked around me and I named five things I saw, four things I could touch and feel, three things I could hear, two things I could smell, and one thing I could taste to ground myself. It helped a little. It gave my mind real things to focus on rather then the things running around in my mind. I recommend trying it sometime even if you just need to feel a little more grounded.

A grounding tool for anxiety...
When you need to ground yourself.

Shout out to all my fellow anxiety ridden people and anyone dealing with all the stress in the world today. You aren’t alone friends!

How do you deal with stress and anxiety in the world today? How have you adapted your tools to social distancing and staying home?