Dealing with Uncertainty
Saturday, April 18, 2020
As we move into week 5 of staying at home there are days when my anxiety is off the charts and days when I'm just fine. If I think back, imagine that the days when I'm fine correspond to those days where I've limited the news I watch and read. It really helps that we are still in Florida and the weather has cooperated so that we can get outside in the sun to exercise or relax in our back yard.
I read something yesterday that hit me "this is why I get crazy!" It's the uncertainty. usatoday.com has a new newsletter "Staying Apart, Together: A newsletter to help us cope with coronavirus." It comes to my e-mailbox twice/week. the latest had a great section on uncertainty. from the article: "People never know what's going to happen next. But because they have routines, they make predictions about what is probable and this provides comfort. The pandemic has decimated that." For most of us those routines have been thrown out the window and even though we're making new routines, it may not be the same. And I've learned from experience that worry never made a difference and it isn't going to help now.
We also had a major worry/uncertainty cleared up yesterday. We are selling our lake house and the June 1 closing is going through (PHEW!) and we're going to rent it back for the month of June. that gives us time to get back to NY and get it cleared out and have some things moved to our permanent home. That takes a load off my mind.
And now it is on with the day! It is sunny and warm here in Florida. We've had two long walks. May get more rain later which we need. Grateful for that. Found free fitness videos on my TV and took a restorative yoga class yesterday and grateful for that. We never really used Netflix and know that there are plenty of great shows....grateful for that!
How are you all handing the uncertainty?