COVID-19 Is a Bummer – It Can’t Stop Good Things From Happening
Here are a few of the good things I witnessed or experienced today:
- Went to my local supermarket this morning. I hate wearing the mask, but it’s what we’re supposed to do. I was greeted by a worker who sanitized my cart and sent me off with smile. Thanks for keeping me safe worker.
- Everyone at the market was trying to maintain social distance, it’s not easy, but I see so many people trying their best.
- I wasn’t able to buy kiwi’s but I did get blackberries, blueberries, and mandarin oranges. Keeping the vitamin C flowing.
- A piece of dark chocolate and a cup of hot coffee make it a good day. I had both and it was great.
What I share are seemingly small and inconsequential things, but they are priceless to me.
Grateful for all the above.
If you’d like to share the good things you’ve witnessed on my blog, Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a short list (1 to 5 things. I’ll post and attribute them to you in the way you choose to be acknowledged (e.g., anonymous, name, Word Press blog (etc.).
What am I learning from social distancing? With patience, I can get by on very little, remain hope-filled, and feel fantastic.
Determination is the strength needed to succeed. ~ Dan Gable
New Love and Old
IN my heart the old love
Struggled with the new;
It was ghostly waking
All night thru.
Dear things, kind things,
That my old love said,
Ranged themselves reproachfully
Round my bed.
But I could not heed them,
For I seemed to see
The eyes of my new love
Fixed on me.
Old love, old love,
How can I be true?
Shall I be faithless to myself
Or to you?
Manage how you live with these five tips to feel less stressed:
1. Use guided meditation. Guided meditation is a great way to distract yourself from the stress of day-to-day life. There are many guided meditations available on the internet that can help you find 5 minutes of centered relaxation.
2. Practice deep breathing. Deep breathing is a great way to reduce the activation of your sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s response to a perceived threat. Deep breaths taken in to a count of five seconds, held for two seconds and released to a count of five seconds, can help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which helps reduce the overall stress and anxiety you may be experiencing.
3. Maintain physical exercise and good nutrition. Physical exercise and nutrition are two important components in how you respond to stress. Physical exercise is proven to be a great stress reliever and also helps to improve your overall quality of life. Nutrition is important as stress can deplete certain vitamins, such as A, B complex, C and E.
4. Manage social media time. Spending time on social media sites can become stressful, not only by what we might see on them, but also because the time you are spending on social media might be best spent enjoying visiting with friends, being outside enjoying the weather or reading a great book.
5. Connect with others. Humans are social beings. You need to have connections with people to feel supported. Finding a sense of community . . . is important to your well-being. Enjoying a shared activity allows you to find support and foster relationships that can be supportive in difficult times.
“The best tip for writing is just to write; to sit down and write, to begin doing it and not to be scared by the blank page.” David Almond
Ken: “My girlfriend tells me I have 2 major faults.”
Tom: “Really? What are they?”
Ken: “She said I don’t listen – and something else.”
Smile and you will light up the world.
“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” F. Scott Fitzgerald