My brain has been singing this quote off and on all day.
If you follow my blog, you are aware that I was struggling yesterday. The pressures of feeling like I am trapped in quarantine, combined with the anxiety caused by how uncertain our world is right now felt like they were pushing me to a breaking point. To cope, I vented on my blog and then turned to my Happiness Journal.
I am on List 13, which challenged me to list the things I have control over. Filling it out allowed me to refocus myself. By doing so, I was able to reach a new level of acceptance. I have no control over this virus, or how long we will be in quarantine. I have no idea what the future holds, but what I can control is…..
- when I wake up and fall asleep. I can make sure that I am getting adequate rest and taking care of myself.
- how much and the types of exercise I get. I can take walks and workout so that my body is strong.
- what I cook and what I eat. I can make sure I am not just eating junk food. I can plant vegetables in my garden and care for the chickens so that we have a sustainable source of food even if the stores are closed.
- how much time I spend looking at current COVID-19 data. There is such thing as too much information, that can lead to panic, hysteria and all out nervous breakdowns.
- how I express my emotions. I need to remember that I can step away from the kids and give myself a few minutes to reset. I can vent on my blog, or find ways to distract myself.
- who I associate with. While I cannot control the things people do, I can control how I react to those things, and if necessary, I can choose to distance myself from toxicity.
- and most importantly, I can choose to believe in powers stronger than this virus, my government and what we see on this earth. I can pray with all my heart and believe that God has a plan beyond what I can perceive. I can choose hope and love.
To end this post, I wanted to share the above letter that my dear friend, Krista, sent to me. She reminded me that everyone is suffering, even if we don’t acknowledge it. Self care and acceptance are important.
I hope you are all doing well and being kind to yourselves.
Love and prayers to you all.