How are you managing to make sense of this COVID-19 global pandemic?
I confess, I haven’t written a single letter in a long time. I feel so bummed-out by the coronavirus situation, the different government responses to it, the massive layoffs, and the resultant, ever-increasing world-wide death toll. I am overwhelmed AND often paralyzed with anxiety as I continuously check the news.
Then last week, “The Quarantine Challenge” arrived in my inbox. Catherine Price, author of How to Break Up with Your Phone and creator of Screen/Life Balance, has put together this challenge to rescue us at this “panic mode” moment where we are currently drowning.
The “Quarantine Challenge” validates our collective fear and offers direction for grounding in-spite-of the chaos so we can find a sense of being “OK,” (even for a moment). Catherine’s first suggestion is to pull back on how much news we consume. And then, she directs us to refocus on what nurtures and balances us in this world of uncertainty, quarantine, and social distancing.
I am sharing this link with you in case you are feeling overwhelmed like me. Who knows how long this situation will last…? Why not join this collective challenge and see if you can find something that will restore calm and balance to your life, even just a little bit.
The “Quarantine Challenge” has printable daily morning and evening prompts to assist with goal setting with end-of-day reflections on how it all went. There are suggestions for capturing positive moments with photos to share, there’s online group dance and yoga classes, a few friendly emails throughout the week, projects for kids, and a weekly 20 minute webinar with Catherine on Mondays. Seems like there is something for everyone.
I feel grounded with the daily journal entries prompts. Basically, having a pen in my hand poised in thoughtful consideration-always returns me to a calm space. And I am grateful for that nudge to pick up my pen again.
Please join the “Quarantine Challenge” community and share it with your friends. Remember, we are all in this together. And together we will get through this.