We’ve all heard the phrase: “All things in moderation”. That is another form of finding balance. You can often justify having a slice of birthday cake to celebrate a friend’s day, but not to sit down and eat a whole cake. Drinking is another example. One drink isn’t likely to harm you, but one drink every hour could.
Balance is also about doing two things that actually do balance each other out… Getting angry about an injustice in your town that prompts you to sign a petition to make changes and then sitting down to meditate to find your calm again. Getting angry and staying angry and doing nothing about it, solves nothing and helps no one, least of all yourself. Find a balance between sitting and working and getting up and moving around. You may be able to find other ways to bring balance in your own life and routine.
Trying to find balance in the middle of a pandemic is difficult. Anxiety is gripping people who never had a problem with it before. So what do you do? I’m not going to say it’s easy because it’s not. But it is doable.
Learn as much about this pandemic as you can. I keep saying, “knowledge is power” and I truly believe it is. Get the FACTS not the rumors and conspiracy theories. Granted, much of this novel coronavirus is still unknown… even it’s name “novel” means new. But you can keep up to date with the newest discoveries.
Learn what works and what doesn’t. Some of the so called cures that people are suggesting are downright scary. I’m constantly amazed at the people who will use them without further investigation. Right now and by the time I hit publish on this, it could change…. the main things that work are these:
- Social distancing… Stay at Home, if you can. Keep 6 feet away from others if you can’t.
- WASH. Your. Hands!! This should go without saying. We learned this in kindergarten!!
- Get plenty of sleep, move around and get some exercise, go outside and walk or run providing it’s not with a group of people. Keep regular meals.
- Find someway to relax and slow down your heart rate and breathing. I do this with meditation… others use prayer, listening to music, even watching TV is a form of meditation. Watching fish in a home aquarium… watching the clouds float by. They all work.
At the moment there are discussions on if the US should adopt the habit that they use in China and Japan, of wearing masks out in public, even if you aren’t sick. There are now dozens of sites on how to make your own mask, including my own favorite of a bandana, hanky or piece of fabric and two hair ties (this will be my go to), which people will need to do if this becomes a requirement. By now everyone knows that the medical personnel are running out of everything they need to care for Covid 19 patients and if there are not enough masks for them, there won’t be for us in the general public either.
Just like those who are hoarding toilet paper, there will be even more hoarding of masks than there already is now.
And this is another way you can help to find balance for yourself and others…
- Make masks. For yourself. To donate to hospitals.
- Donate fabric and elastic to the many groups that are now making masks for hospital workers.
- Don’t buy, and god-forbid, don’t hoard surgical-quality masks that nurses and doctors desperately need right now.
Finding your balance in this difficult time will not only help you, but help those around you and will have a long reaching benefit for others, as well as helping you after we survive this virus.