Staying Sane in Crazy Times

The Coronavirus has been on everyone’s tongues these last few weeks and months, depending on where you live in the world. I, for one, have worked to limit my exposure to not only the virus itself, but to the endless media exposure.

I’m not saying that is approach is beneficial for everyone, but it has been beneficial for me. I am not choosing to bury my head in the sand, as I am definitely aware of what is going on, but I am choosing to avoid the endless predictions, forecasts, statistics, sensational stories, and negative outlooks from economic and political pundits.

This has allowed me to focus on the things that I can control and enjoy, rather than fixating on when this madness is going to end, or how bad it is going to get.

I have been able to enjoy the company of my little family, as we have had more time together than we have in a very long time.

I have been able to sleep well at night, because I am physically tired from an active day and I am not consumed with worry over the future (most of the time).

I have been able to delve into several house projects, one of which has been taking over every spare minute of mine for the last week. I will be glad when it is finished, and I will be very happy that I was able to do it.

I can catch up with friends and family on a more regular basis.

I have more time and energy to be outside, playing, gardening, running, or walking with the family because I am not tethered to my phone or the TV.

While these times are undoubtedly scary for everyone, it is a great opportunity for us to push the “reset” button on our lives. A stay at home order mandates a return to simple living, with family time, boredom, and the to-do list.

I feel very blessed and fortunate to be one of the families whose livelihood has not been affected by the Coronavirus. For now, we are able to look at this situation as a forced downshifting of the pace of our daily lives, rather than an implosion of our daily lives.

God knows how this will all end, and He knew it was going to happen. God does not make mistakes, and He is never caught by surprise. He knows what we need individually, collectively, and nationally to make it through this pandemic. He knows the stress that each national government, lawmaker, healthcare worker, law enforcement officer, business owner, hourly worker, parent, teacher, and child is under.

Nothing is beyond His scope, including the Coronavirus. Believing this requires trust, yes, but trust is easier than trying to control the uncontrollable.

While I have stressed out about our finances, lifestyle, future plans, etc. due to the Coronavirus, I have found that I just cannot give any more to it. My husband (and many others) is blessed to be able to work from home. He still has a job, and we still have our way of living. We are all still healthy, as is everyone in our immediate and extended families, despite their various roles in the private or public sectors.

I will know the general trends of our national response to the pandemic, or if the deadline of April 30th is backed up, but I don’t want to hear every piece of forecasting analysis from the talking heads on CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, Facebook, Instagram, etc. It’s too much.

No one knows what will happen, or when it will happen. We just have to ride the wave. Rather than panicking that the wave is going to wipe us out, I am choosing to grab a surf board and enjoy the ride.

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