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Riding the Wave of COVID 19

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Friday, March 27, 2020


Everywhere I look, I see more bad news about the COVID 19 pandemic. Finally, I had to turn off the news. There’s only so much bad news I can listen to. Last night I had a nightmare about the virus, and realized that I have had TOO MUCH BAD NEWS!
"What’s in my dreams at night?” My mother in a nursing home that I cannot visit. My
What’s on my mind tonight? The students and other teachers. It’s 3:00 in the morning, and I can’t get you out of my mind.
We didn’t plan on this. And let’s be honest: teachers are planners. This is one giant curveball.

I have increased my stress level until I cannot sleep well at night. Tonight, I’m going to listen to some music, and make more masks
Perhaps making the masks has kept me working on the solution of a problem that is much bigger than me.
I need to get out and enjoy nature more. I need to talk with the family about fun things. I need to take my mind to a more peaceful and happy place.
How are you doing with the daily deluge of bad news? Do you feel the stress of distance from your loved ones? Have you found anything fun or constructive to do during these days?
These are days that we never could have planned for I hope that we all learn to ride the wave of bad news rather than drown in it.
There's a lot to be gained in these tough times. We all need to make changes to ride the wave of COVID 19.

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  • BRENNAN_ARMACOS
    I've been watching a show on TV called 'Pandemic: What You Need to Know,' which has been helpful for me. I try not to watch the news otherwise. I do read about the coronavirus every day too, because I want to understand what is happening. But, I'm trying to limit it to only once a day, and only articles from newsletters I've subscribed to, from newspapers. They send out an email once a day. It's good to keep reading, or you wouldn't know the latest developments. Like, they were saying 3 feet is okay, now they're saying 6 feet is right.
    65 days ago
  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Stay positive. Move to reduce stress.
    68 days ago
  • REDROBIN47
    I am too feeling more stress and fear. We are not to fear as God has our backs but it's hard. I have been in the Word more and praying more for my family, friends and country. We need lots and lots of prayer right now. When I wake up in the morning, it all seems like a nightmare. Then I become fully awake and reality sets in. And yes, I too am watching too much news. I miss my family, friends and going to church. I pray that this ends sooner than later.
    68 days ago
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  • JSTETSER
    Thank you for your comment on my blog!
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  • MSLZZY
    Stay positive and protect yourself from the stress.
    I turn the tv off and seldom listen to the news. Life
    is calmer that way.
    69 days ago
  • ARNETTELEE
    These days are stressful for everyone. Stay safe!
    69 days ago
  • 1ZIPPYC
    I sent you a sparkmail invite to my blog a few days ago. Some funny things to see and watch. That's how I'm dealing. Laughter is the best medicine. Hang in there. emoticon
    69 days ago
  • JAMER123
    emoticon So far no bad dreams. Just enjoying the R&R for now.
    69 days ago
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  • DOVESEYES
    Thanks for putting into words some of my feelings :), we have to watch the news to see all the new changes, areas that are now out of bounds.

    Reading the Word , thinking about it, lifts my thoughts away from the days, to the One who loves us.
    69 days ago
  • HARRIETT14
    I know that these are difficult times but we really have to do what we need to. Like the old saying says "this too shall pass" and when it does I want us all be here to be able to say "Thank God".

    69 days ago
  • NANHBH
    I had a few sleepless nights at first - but was also listening to the news channels all day. Now I am spending more time in prayer, listening to live feeds from EWTN.com or from our local diocesan live streams. So much more positive & calming to put my trust in God.
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    69 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    Many of us with the same problems. I also wake up and can't go back to sleep. I pray for so many including a nephew who had to have a colostomy today. Two operations in two days. His wife is a nurse but can't be with him.
    I listen to NO news on TV and read very little in morning paper. Just pray.
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  • KAYDE53
    Trying to concentrate on my projects at home. Getting fresh air each day although weather is not cooperating. Had to quit watching so much news, it was making my outlook too gloomy. My dog and cat love the extra attention! emoticon
    69 days ago
  • LKWQUILTER
    Very true. I do not watch much news at all and at night I just listen to Hallmark movie channels while I play on my iPad or do other things. I have watched them so much some I have seen 4-5 times (if not more) but I know they have happy endings and good thoughts. emoticon
    69 days ago
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  • RCLYKE
    My husband and I are doing our spring cleaning and getting out for a walk in the afternoon. I call my daughter every second day or she calls me Hearing from friends that I haven't heard from since we moved home from Toronto. All in all things are not too bad
    69 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
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  • GRAMMYEAC
    Other than DH and I being home together ALL the time (big smile), the most stressful thing for me is the lack of physical contact with the grandchildren. I haven't mastered any of the electronic video tools, and I am not at all good with the social media the young people live on.

    But, I will soldier on and reintroduce myself to the grands once this pandemic is under control!
    69 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    i sit outside and read i meditate with Jay Sheety and Robert Rivest . I walk daily i chat with friends on facebook i made new slotomania friends Hugs stay safe and well
    69 days ago
  • GABY1948
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  • GABY1948
    I have learned along the way not to be freaked out about anything....it does absolutely no good. I care, and alot but freaking out helps nothing.

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  • BIRBKITTEN1234
    I've had dreams about the virus too!
    69 days ago
  • NEWNANCY2012
    I'm grateful I can keep in touch with my son, daughter-in-law and 3 year old daughter who live in a condo in Marina Del Rey in Santa Monica. They are under complete orders not to leave their homes. We are able to visit using the Facebook Portal that our son bought for us as a Christmas present when they came to stay with us for Thanksgiving. My husband who is 80 + years old fortunately was able to complete his radiation therapy for prostate cancer last October. I think about all the patients we saw for 42 days straight going for radiation treatments at the Brigham Women's hospital here in Boston. I myself had just gone to see my Rheumatologist for a cortisone shot to my right knee, the day before they had started bringing in the first COVID-19 patients at the Brigham Hospital.. They had to quarantine the first responders in the Emergency area on March 13th, 2020 which was my 73rd birthday. i'm praying for everyone!
    69 days ago
  • SHAWFAN
    I understand completely. Leave the TV off. From the news, especially. You don't need to hear more bad news and that's all they're wanting to give every day.
    Your time is better spent with a hobby or something fun. I watch cartoons with my granddaughter. Keep your mind occupied some other way.
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    69 days ago
  • TOKIEMOON
    It's gotten so bad that every time you turn the TV on it's hard to find a channel that isn't all about the pandemic. I've started watching channels with reruns so as to have peace of mind.
    69 days ago
  • PENOWOK
    I'm so sorry this has stressed you so! I actually have quite a peace. Perhaps because I have grandsons 4 days a week, and am homeschooling the 6 year old, so I still see daughter and son-in-law. I think this virus has probably been around longer than we know and some of us may already have been infected and recovered without realizing it! Who knows! I know if I get it, I will have to be isolated from the grands and husband, though they will likely already have been infected... I know where I am going if the Lord decides to end my time here on earth and I am ready. Perhaps that's why I have peace. Yes, turn off the news. Remember that we are alive and healthy right here and now and need to live like it in this new normal!
    69 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    I am limiting viewing of FB and any other COVID - 19 related news. Concentrating on getting my home chores, those that I usually avoid, done promptly.
    69 days ago
  • NANCY-
    I post at least three things to be grateful for. Watching a comedy helps. My Wine and Whine group is trying to figure out Zoom so we can do a virtual happy hour. Daily mediation and exercise helps.
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    69 days ago
  • AZMOMXTWO
    Obedience brings success; exact obedience brings miracles. Russell M. Nelson



    do your part and follow what we are ask to do it helps others not stress as much
    69 days ago
  • -JAMES-
    I'm not having nightmares... But I woke up at 5 am, just to go to the bathroom. Normally I fall back to sleep but my brain started churning on the world situation. I'm on an acreage outside a major city ... so yes I too am riding this out.
    69 days ago
  • 1DAY-ATA-TIME
    emoticon I listen to the news once a day and check the stats online as it relates to where I live and where my children and sibling live. Otherwise, I'm coping the best I can. Hang in there.
    69 days ago
  • GODS-PRINCESS
    I only listen to the president's daily talks because he is surrounded by the 'experts' who answer the questions. I want to hear it from their mouths and not how the media spins it. I also read 2 times a day the state-by-state updates. I want to be informed what is going on in my state-I also check where the people with the virus is located compared to me.

    My son heads back to college for his last 46 days. Yes it's closed but he is living off campus in a house, He feels he will focus better on his online studies. I have a lot of issues with this choice and I am praying daily he changes his mind!

    Other then that, I try to watch a Disney movie from Disney plus or binge in a TV show. But night time is the worse. I want my son home and safe.
    69 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Agree. Have to limit the news. Just not healthy.

    Only listening to the news once/day. Do try to stay in touch w/ DD (locked in nursing home @ present) and DS. Both doing as well as can be expected.

    Keeping busy around the house. Listening to calming music as I work around the house.

    Keeping your family in my prayers.

    HUGS and stay safe, stay well.
    69 days ago
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  • WALKFORHEALTH
    Having a bit of a tough time, Not watching the news as much, but staying safe. Taking it day by day. Exercise and, my music is a help. Watching movies. Helping neighbors when we can. emoticon
    70 days ago
  • SNOOPYLINKOS
    My grown up kids and I played Scattergories last night over the phone! It was fun and silly answers abounded!
    70 days ago
  • MARTHA324
    These are very tough times indeed. Yesterday my stress level was ultra high and this morning I'm watching GMA which at least mixes some uplifting stories. Had a hard time getting to sleep last night.

    Today will focus on doing things that make me feel better and more relaxed. Silver Sneakers has a class on Facebook at 11:30 that I think I'll do.
    70 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I too have had many sleepless nights over this horrible pandemic we are experiencing. Part of it is that as a healthcare worker, we may be exposed to these patients and that is very frightening. Part of it is that there are those that will have hours cut, and how will they make it through since we don't know how long it will last.
    But when troubled thoughts pop into my head at night when I can't sleep, I try to think of encouraging songs to sing in my head to feel comforted, knowing that there is a higher power who will deliver us eventually to a new normal world where there are people dying every day.
    Stay safe, be well and thank you for continuing to make masks! One day at a time, one minute at a time. Keep on breathing. This too shall pass.
    70 days ago
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  • MIRELICA
    I felt the strong need to increase my meditations. My family and friends are all in Europe or different US states, Canada etc. I keep particularly close to God now, much more than before. I just try not to take it too seriously. Life now, I mean. I read the news from around the world in different languages, I'm informed but try not to ruminate about it. Sometimes it's hard but I do my best. I also knit daily, exercise more (Pilates and short walks in the forest, near my house very early or late in the day) and cook new recipes. Take care all of you and pray! emoticon
    70 days ago
  • KELLIEBEAN
    I have read about people making masks. Thank you so much for your contribution!!! I think that is a huge wonderful thing to do!

    I watched way less news yesterday. I need to turn away and take care of my mental health.

    Putting together a to-do list of stuff to get done around the house over the next several weeks.

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  • NEW-CAZ
    I limit my news intake now to one view in the morning and the now daily government briefing.

    You can't possibly take it all in and keep sane.
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    70 days ago
  • MARYJOANNA
    Don't watch a lot of news. It is the same thing over and over. Read Psalm 91 for comfort. emoticon
    70 days ago
  • FIT2FINISH
    News overload is exactly how we feel in our house - we have taken a break. 😊I do see and hear acts of kindness and compassion coming out of this - adversity often brings the best out in people. We got this people! Look for the good😊 stay safe
    70 days ago
  • LIVINHEALTHY9
    Right now it can be news overload.
    I want information but when it gets to be too much I mute it or turn it off.
    70 days ago
  • MARINEMAMA
    emoticon I agree. Doing my part but avoiding listening to the news much.
    70 days ago
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