If you’ve been watching the news lately, you may have heard stories about people who have contracted the coronavirus disease and been put on ventilators only to die within days or weeks - alone. It is extremely hard to watch these stories and not be mentally or emotionally affected.
In my own life, many people I know on the East Coast know of someone right now directly affected by Covid-19 – whether they’re currently being tested for the virus and awaiting results, have already tested positive for it and receiving treatment, or who have already passed from it.
My Pineapples, I know how all this could scare you into a panic. Panic is defined as a "sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior."
But, I believe there is still something you can do to maintain some control over an otherwise uncontrollable and unpredictable situation. I urge you to take every precaution available to keep you and your family healthy – not just physically, but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. Please consider coming together regularly to check in with each other and to say positive affirmations as a family. Just like a sports team gets in a huddle before competing against their opponent, where the team captain starts with some inspiring words to motivate the team to achieve victory and ends with a team chant, you and your family can huddle up to fight the urge to panic together.
There is strength in numbers. There is power in numbers. For every case of coronavirus, there is still more of us! So, let's keep it that way!
Stay home when possible, practice good hygiene, practice deep breathing and practice positive self-talk. If you pray, then pray as a family. If prayer is not your thing, consider repeating positive affirmations like this one to give you and your loved ones the strength to keep going and to keep you all on the path of good health.
Stay healthy, my Pineapples. And, go team!