(5th in an ongoing series on “Acceptance in The Time of Coronavirus“)
I don’t know about you, but its easy for me to fall into a “lull” and “low” during The Time of Coronavirus.
Every day seems the same, yet I feel different almost every day.
Same in the sense I have a lot of time on my hands most days and am restricted in movement, engagement, and enjoyment of what I like to do, especially playing tennis.
Different because I don’t know how I will feel until I get out of bed and begin my day. Some days I feel calm, relaxed and productive. Others anxious and antsy. And unfortunately, a good night’s sleep isn’t necessarily a harbinger of positive thoughts, feelings, and energy.
And some days, like today, I feel a “lull” and “low”–and lethargic. My body didn’t feel right this morning. I wasn’t sure if I was coming down with something. Who Knows? Maybe even the dreaded Covid-19. Fear is at the forefront these days. (See my post, “Dealing with Fear in The Time of Coronavirus”)
You may relate to what I’m talking about. If so, I would like to share some simple things that helped me feel much better as the day progressed. I hope they will help you, as well.
I reached out to a friend to see how he was doing. That wasn’t easy for me because I really didn’t feel like speaking to anyone. But I knew from past experience that the best way for me to get out of my head’s “negative” thinking was to see how others are doing and lend a good ear. My friend greeted me warmly and we shared some insights and “what we were doings” during The Time of Coronavirus. We even had a few good laughs. The conversation lightened my spirits, and then,
I took a “nature walk” around my neighborhood. It’s wonderful springtime here in California. Why not enjoy “the beauty all around me.” The blooming roses and irises. The bright blue sky. And the cheerful music of birds. Have you noticed lately that the birds seem happier than ever? The doves even more peaceful? And the ground squirrels playfully scampering around?
Is it possible they know something that we don’t?
Or, maybe it’s that they know “less” than we do–and are happier because of it?
Whatever the reason, it was a real blessing to be able to share their space with them.
I’ve heard it said that we are only a guest of nature, and I welcomed the invitation.
I felt so much lighter, and then
I decided to write this post. I thought that others—maybe even you—have experienced similar lulls and lows during The Time of Coronavirus and my sharing today’s experiences might ease their discomfort.
Quite honestly, just that thought lifted my spirits considerably. And the actual writing—this very writing—helps me a lot.
I gain needed awareness, clarity—and acceptance.
I encourage you try these things when you feel a lull or low. (The writing part can be some basic journaling.) Please also share your experiences and ideas about dealing with lulls and lows in The Time of Coronavirus. It would be helpful to me and I know others.
(You can read my earlier post, “Accepting “Lulls” and “Lows” for some other suggestions on this subject.)
In the meantime, remember to
Let It Go!—and Accept “What Is!”
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