There have been a lot of changes the last two months. I did not return to Oxford after my trip home in March. The day before I was scheduled to leave -March 15- my April 30th flight back to the US was cancelled. It was clear to me that the virus was escalating. My flight to Chicago from London on March 4 was less than half full. My husband packed up our Oxford home and returned on one of the last flights out of London. He sequestered in our basement and luckily is well.
We will all have stories to share about this Corona virus chapter. As we live each day in our new and different existence we are experiencing many challenges and emotions. One of the greatest challenges is a feeling of loss of control. This is one of our great existential dilemmas and creates a lot of anxiety and fear. We can be overwhelmed with feelings of loss and deprivation: I can’t work, I can’t travel, I can’t visit friends and family……. We are losing people dear to us and worry about others. It is important to acknowledge this grief and the feelings we experience.
How do we cope? Focus on what you can control. Live one day at a time. Ask the question: How will I be today?
Set your intention. Today I will ______________. Practice gratitude: each night write down three things for which you are grateful. Focus on the things that boost your immune system: food rich in vitamins and nutrients, water and teas that are anti inflammatory, movement and exercise and breathing, meditation/mindfulness.
Although the home sequestering we are asked to observe is referred to as “ social distancing “. It is actually physical distance that is important. Reach out to friends and family through technology. Facebook , Zoom and other apps are great for this. We are all experiencing this new chapter together. When you need help ask for it.
I am setting up a Zoom session on Monday, April 27 from 6:00 to 8:00. I hope to see you.