There is a LOT of negativity in the universe right now. For the past couple of weeks, I must be honest, it’s felt like nothing but doom and gloom.
Conversations and social media feeds seem to be a running tab of horrible news, doomsday predictions and misery. And I’m #overit.
It sucks. We get it. Our lives are disrupted. Our health and wellbeing is threatened. There is a lot of uncertainty and fear. People everywhere are feeling deprived of what they need be it personal space, togetherness, medical supplies, food, financial security or just some dang toilet paper.
But what is perhaps the most defeating of all is the fact that we have allowed this to 10000% consume us. And I’m not talking about whether or not we should be enacting ‘stay at home’ orders – I’m totally team ‘stay home’. I’m talking about how all day, every day it seems to be all anyone is talking about.
A couple friends and I had a zoom moms night in yesterday, and while it was SO SO nice to see their faces, hear their laughs and feel some sort of virtual connection, the conversation kept circling back to Covid-19. And it was NOT what I needed.
So I’m done. I’m done checking facebook and being inundated with article after article about the virus. I’m done checking the news. I’m done talking about it.
For the foreseeable future, I am home, socially distanced. And I’m going to choose to spend this time working on my business, spending more quality time with my kids and husband than ever before, and trusting that this is going to serve a purpose in my life.
Nothing I do or say will change what’s going on outside my door. Nothing I read will change the course of the virus. No amount of obsessing will change what is happening. The only thing obsessing and stressing about the virus will do is deteriorate my mental health and well being. And I’m going to fight my hardest to not let that happen.
And that means making really disgusting gluten free banana muffins that my 3 year old accidentally dumped a whole box of baking soda in. It means playing in muddy puddles with my kids until I can’t see their little faces through the dirt. It means helping my son raise the 14 snails he adopted and is watching for hours on end climb the bamboo in our backyard. It means finally creating an online fitness platform that I’ve wanted to make for years.
I spent two weeks checking the news, checking facebook, reading group texts about the virus…and I’m done. I spent two weeks consumed by stress and anxiety…and I’m done. I spent two weeks feeling overwhelmed by the disruptions in my daily life…and I’m done.
Now I’m trying something new, and I really encourage you to do the same. Unplug. Stop googling. Stop looking on facebook.
Trust. Be present. Lean into the disruption.
Find the purpose of this moment in your life.
This isn’t the first time my life has been knocked down and overwhelmed. And I’m a firm believer that there is a purpose in all of it. Every misstep, every ‘disaster’, every devastation has a purpose in shaping the rest of our lives.
Find the purpose in this. Cling to THAT. Maybe it’s slowing down and being with your family. Maybe it’s creating something new for yourself. Maybe it’s just being comfortable with the quiet or realizing you NEED far less than you think.
Whatever it is, find it and be immersed in it. Be the eye of a tornado. Let the world spiral and spin around you and find the calm in it.