Navigating The Coronavirus Turmoil In Kindness

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Abby’s Pandemic Survival Guide

Gratitude is one of the strongest and most transformative states of being. It shifts your perspective from lack to abundance and allows you to focus on the good in your life, which in turn pulls more goodness into your reality.

~Jen Sincero
Abby with her signature explosive hairstyle is dressed in a teal tank top and gray exercise pants. She is on her knees hugging Alexis, a golden lab with a teal collar around her neck and an Alexis medallion.

Greetings Everyone!

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak has been one of the most challenging events many of us have ever faced in our lifetimes. Like a volcano about to erupt, lava in the form of Fear is threatening to consume us. Thankfully the human spirit is resilient and we have tools at our disposal to navigate these scary times. Following are a few helpful tips:

  • Maintain Perspective – Having access to global information 24/7, some of it inaccurate can be debilitating. One of the things we can do immediately to stem the flow of information is to set up boundaries to limit our exposure time. These boundaries could extend beyond the news to social media, well-meaning friends and family members who make it their job to “keep us in the know” and any other sources. When we look at the bigger picture sure, the number of Covid-19 cases is increasing and so too are the number of people who are surviving. Here is a link to John’s Hopkins for real-time stats.
  • Just Breathe – While we have limited control over external circumstances we can control what we do now at this moment. Stay at home orders and quarantine processes have has slowed the busyness of life to allow us time to be more fully present with ourselves and with one another. Social distancing and public restrictions have shifted our priorities and have opened the door for a more meaningful connection right here, right now, at this moment. Here are a few resources that might be helpful to you:
  • Acknowledge Priorities – Follow guidelines from public health officials and government agencies, including the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). While being safe at home can feel restrictive to some, having a place to call home is something to be grateful for. Learning new ways to engage with our families in real-time are opportunities we wouldn’t ordinarily think about because of so many distractions. Spending time sharing activities together as a family can bring us closer together. Better yet, let’s get back to basics:
    • Learn a low-tech hobby like knitting, crocheting, calligraphy, scrapbooking, gardening, plant veggies in the yard or a pot, sewing, canning veggies or making jam
    • Build a jigsaw puzzle, play board games, play cards
    • Handwrite a letter to each of your kids, relatives or friends
    • Learn to bake bread from scratch or cook an entire meal on the grill (veggies, meat, etc)
  • Helping Others – When we face adversity on a massive scale like Covid-19 there are very few people who remain unaffected. While we are in this pandemic together, our individual journeys through it are unique. Now more than ever we need to reach out a helping hand to those in need. Focusing outward in empathy is not only humane it also creates the opportunity for enriching connections.
  • Spread Hope – Desmond Tutu said, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” Covid-19 is descending upon us like a blanket of darkness. Becoming a beacon of hope for others by lending an ear, offering an encouraging word, and kindness are essential to get through these turbulent times.

In Closing

Over the course of this pandemic, I will publish content that I hope will calm, inspire, and at times entertain you. Remember what’s happening now is temporary and it will pass. Take care of yourself, each other and remember to always be kind.

Name at least one new thing you can learn to do during this quarantine?

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Image Descriptions:

  • Header image: Stormy weather with a big wave and dark rock in the stormy sea, blue and white toned.
  • Bold Blind Beauty’s fashion icon, Abby is looking pretty chic in a teal tank top paired with gray joggers. She is posed kneeling next to her retired guide dog, Alexis, a beautiful Yellow Lab. As in all of her photos, Abby is sporting her signature explosive hairstyle.

21 Comments

  1. Absolutely spot on and really helpful information. I had a very busy and tiring day, so I couldn’t rest the 3-minute mindful breathing meditation you suggested. It was just perfect in helping me release all that tension. I’ll certainly come back for those to Covid 19 parody music; anything to make us laugh in these uncertain times is worth listening to. Thank you so much Steph for this wonderful article.

    1. Hey Khaya, I’m so happy that you found this article helpful now if only I could follow Abby’s advice cause the struggle is real.

    1. Thank you so much!! I hope you and your hubby are doing well. The song parodies are hilarious and kept me occupied for quite some time the other day. Stay safe!! ❤

      1. My friend, you don’t know it, but you changed my life. I read ‘The four agreements’ as you wanted me to.

      2. Really??? What did you think of it? I loved it and actually read it a couple of times.

  2. Great article! Please stay at peace during this time of physical distancing. I see by your post that you are embracing social closeness and support with your intentions to continue to reach out and support others as well as yourself. All is not what is being shown to us. The daily work I do with my work partner is showing a much different side to all the propaganda and agendas.

    My life has been so isolated and alone physically for so long that this time isn’t much different for me than it was before. I can’t browse in stores right now, or enjoy libraries but my daily walks continue as well as my 24/7 work to assist this planet in great change. I’m grateful for my walks, books to read, as well as blogs to read, and FB live concerts 🙂

    Take care Steph!

  3. Thank you, Abby and Steph! 💛 I baked bread for the first time in a long time today. And I’m reading more novels. My oldest daughter is teaching herself to knit. My youngest daughter is painting. My oldest son who is the only one not home at this time has challenged me to tell him ten positive things about each day. That’s been a good exercise for me!

    1. Hey Camie, it’s so good to hear from you and YAY for baking bread. I can’t recall ever doing so yet when I was in school we still had Home Economics and learned to cook, sew, etc. It’s cool that your daughters are keeping busy by learning to knit and paint. And what an interesting challenge from your son. This one in particular we should all be doing if for no other reason than to remind us of all we have to be grateful for. Be safe my friend. ❤

  4. I enjoyed this post. I work on the front lines as a cashier. It’s very stressful and scary. This post reminds me to be more positive. These are wonderful tips. Thank you.

    1. Hey Aimee, first, thank you for being on the front lines. The one thing I hope this pandemic will teach us is that ALL people are valuable. It’s always bothered me that we tend to look down upon or past people who aren’t wealthy and/or powerful when nothing could be further from the truth. We all serve a purpose and I hope we can come together with a greater appreciation of ALL people. Please stay safe and healthy.❤

  5. Hi Steph! This is a beautiful post with great tips. I’ve been trying not to let anxiety get the better of me by staying connected with friends and family, online yoga and working in my garden (it’s finally going to look good!). I love the quote about gratitude. I hope you and your family are well. Stay safe!

    1. Hi Caroline, It’s so very good to hear from you. Thank you for visiting and commenting. These are such strange times we’re living in and oddly enough it reminds me to continually be grateful. I’m glad to hear that you and your family are doing well and keeping occupied. Please you too stay safe!❤

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