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Dear CORVID-19, I’m going to be okay.

I’ve decided that enough frantic people are running around buying up all the toilet paper.

I feel for them, they are scared. And yet, I’m choosing not to be one of them.

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This is something I’ve decided to do not only for myself but also for the well being of others.

Right now, a lot is going on. I get it. But tell me what getting all worked up will achieve?

The reality is that the challenge we face right now isn’t really the Corona Virus at all. The real struggle is right between our ears. It’s in what we put our attention and focus into.

We can focus on the things that help us stay calm and give us the energy to live, or we can focus on the things that will amplify our fears and anxieties.

How we navigate the next couple of months is of the utmost importance.

Why?

Because it’s one thing, we can actually control.

I can’t control whether or not I get sick. Yeah, to some extent, I can, but if I’m being honest, I really can’t.
The moment I go back to the office, someone is inevitably going to sneeze on me, and I’ll be out for two weeks.

And yet, I have no control over this.

What I can control is my response to these manic times. I can choose to not get caught up in all the doom and gloom. I can protect myself from the manic thoughts that seek to degrade my mental well being.

How?

By going for walks
By calling loved ones
By playing with Buddy (our dog)
By not checking my 401k and the stock market every other day
By engaging in lighthearted discussions at home with my wife
By asking the man at the Chick fil a drive-through how he’s holding up
By calling my neighbor and seeing if he needs anything ( actually my neighbor called me first ^_^)
By making the most of this downtime…Catch up on sleep, reconnect with the kids (I don’t have any but if I did I would), cultivate new habits.

The list goes on and on.

Just…
Slow…
Down…

Take a breather, it’s going to be okay. You are going to be okay.

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