How many times have you read or heard someone say that they will be more productive now, make changes, or start a new project since they have time on their hands? I know I've heard it and read about it a lot. I am also guilty of thinking I could be more productive during this time of uncertainty. It's natural to think you will make these changes or accomplish something big, but then you get caught up in the feelings of loss, confusion, hurt, and fear; suddenly, nothing you planned is happening. It's natural to have these feelings; it is also natural to not accomplish as much as you thought you would. There are, however, two things that you can do, and should do, during these uncertain times. First, treat yourself with kindness and gentleness. So you had a few naps today rather than do something creative; guess what, you needed that rest. Don't get angry with yourself that you are lazy, instead recognize that you needed to catch up on quality sleep and break down the creative project to more basic steps you can work on slowly, day by day. Second, practice self-care. Make time to rest, stay hydrated, eat a healthy meal. Take yourself out for a walk while practicing physical distancing. Get your hands dirty in the soil as you touch nature. Limit how much news you take in. Talk about your fears if you need to. Call a friend, connect with family over the internet. Write a card and post it to someone. Are you feeling scared or overwhelmed? It's okay, we all are. Take some deep breaths, do something for yourself.
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