Take a Breath
Now that we've been in this a while and all the signs point to many more months of reacting to Coronavirus, now is a great time to take stock. Take some time to do a self-checkup ... "How am I doing physically? Mentally? Emotionally? Spiritually? What have I been neglecting "until this thing blows over"?
Since this thing isn't going to blow over anytime soon, we can't afford to put our own well-being on hold. We've got to have healthy habits now for the time we're in instead of waiting for things to clear up.
Take stock, be honest with yourself, ask others how they think you're doing in these categories, and make adjustments for your own sake. We've made all kinds of changes to accommodate a virus - we certainly can make changes to accommodate our well-being.
Physically: Am I eating a "temporary" diet that takes advantage of unusual times, or am I eating in a way that cares for my body? Am i getting regular and appropriate exercise?
Mentally: Am I less sharp than I was before COVID-19 hit? If so, then that could be a sign that the stress is affecting me more than I realized. Do I need to find something "fun" for my brain to do more frequently?
Emotionally: Is my fuse shorter? Am I angrier? Do I have a lingering sense of dread? Do I have fear that I didn't have before? Do I feel like being diligent about safety isn't worth the effort? All of these could be indicators that I need an emotional health day or some way to break out of the routine and regain perspective. Or perhaps I need to schedule an appointment with a licensed therapist before this really starts to impact me.
Spiritually: How's my relationship with the Lord and with His Church? Has it waned? Is it stronger? Am I staying connected ... truly connected ... to other followers of Jesus? Am I turning to the Word of God and the Spirit of God for strength, renewal, peace, hope, and gratitude? If not, then I need to change whatever must be changed, because I won't weather these times well if I'm running on my own power.
Now is the ideal time to do a self-checkup and make whatever changes are needed. We can now see clearly we've got a long way to go in this. Things are fairly open still, but it's possible to see another shutdown coming. School hasn't started for the kids, yet. There's plenty of outdoor weather to enjoy for all 4 kinds of health. We know that when school starts up, it will be that much harder to do some important self-care.
Don't wait. Don't say "tomorrow" or "this weekend." Say "today!" Today, I will give myself a quick checkup, and today I will adapt as needed.
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