Show Yourself Grace - Making It Through These Tough Times
The anxiety about COVID-19 is real. We feel worried for friends and family on the frontlines. I know I do as a physician. We feel guilty that we are not there with them, and that they are protecting us. We feel guilty that they are literally sacrificing their own health to save ours. We feel guilt and anxiety as moms, worried that we aren’t doing enough to home-school our kids. How do we cope with all the challenges of living in the era of COVID-19?
Now, more than ever we must take care of ourselves during this time! What are you doing to stay sane and be healthy? I will confess something here. Now, in April, I am finally holding myself to my New Year’s Resolution. I have to do some sort of physical fitness activity daily. I read a tip in a book saying motivation can come from action itself. So just by doing the activity, you are inspired and motivated to do it again. Just by starting that yoga, zumba, or online power workout, the positive feeling after that activity is enough to inspire you to do it again.
Physical wellness is one piece of the puzzle. You know how you show grace to a friend who is grieving a loss? Well it turns out that we are all grieving the loss of life as we knew it. We all need a little extra grace and compassion during this time. And for you to be able to come back and use your bucket to fill others, well you need to find ways to fill your bucket, too. In the video below and in the podcast, I share my intimate thoughts on this. I hope you stay healthy during this time, and we will see you on the other side.
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Why is this so critical
We feel anxious about the future. We worry about our neighborhood fixtures. Our favorite restaurants, bars, and family places. We worry about our own financial futures. As one of my favorite movie characters says, all we can do is the next right thing. So let go of that breath you have been holding and take that first step toward showing yourself some grace.
I chatted with “Two Lady Coaches.” Halona is a lawyer-turned-life-coach and Dr. Brooke Jackson is a Dermatologist in the Triangle. Both women are a part of a movement. They are trying to help us find community when we have to be socially distant. They are using real-life experiences and interviews to share each individual’s advice on surviving this pandemic. Surviving as a mom, as a businesswoman, a doctor, and a member of the human race. I am humbled and inspired by our conversation.
During our conversation, we agreed to survive the challenges that came with this pandemic, we should:
- Show ourselves the same grace and support we would show a grieving friend.
- Take time for self-care, whether it is exercise, yoga, or meditation, etc.
- Savor the moments of joy that come unannounced.