I don't think anyone would argue that the world around us today is new territory for most people as the Coronavirus has made its way around the globe. Understandably, people are experiencing high levels of anxiety, uncertainty, and fear. As I've been in discussions with people this week around how to work through the fear that seems to surround our communities right now, three words kept coming to my mind: Kind. Calm. Safe.
First, let's be kind. Kind to ourselves - which may mean limiting our news and social media intake. Kind to our loved ones by offering to be a safe harbor in the chaos around you. Kind to those around us. One of the values I try my very best to live out is assuming positive intent. And right now, more than ever, I think it is critical to extend kindness to the people we live with, work with, and are doing life with.
Second, let's be calm. Is this outbreak serious? Absolutely. I don't think anyone is denying this point. Is it wise to follow trusted sources on how to best keep healthy? Yes. However, did you know that prolonged stress can negatively impact your health and immune system? Read more about that here from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. As hard as it is, when we can stay calm during chaos, our overall health and quality of life is better for it in the long run.
Lastly, let’s be safe. Please follow the guidelines for washing hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and taking care of yourself by seeing a doctor if you are feeling sick. If you’re wanting more resources on how to best be kind, calm, and safe, here are a few to consider checking out.
To help navigate conversations around the Coronavirus with children, here are a few helpful resources: For your own well-being:
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