Monday, March 16, 2020

Simple Gratitude | 155

I'm sharing my #gratefulheart on the blog. What are you grateful for today? #gratitude #feelingthankful

I woke up this morning to a considerable amount of anxiety. That's a lie. I've been having panic attacks since I first opened my eyes at 7 am. I'm not sure why. I've been doing well with looking at this COVID craziness from a factual, medical standpoint and not letting the overwhelm of the social media panic get to me, but this morning, I woke up with this heavy feeling of dread washing over me. Not the "Did I buy enough food and toilet paper" feeling. More of the "I'm going to die alone" feeling. Dramatic, I know, but we can't always control those thoughts in our minds.

I'm trying to shift to rational thinking and taking care of myself by doing things like eating well, resting, doing activities that I enjoy, and this (and this) yoga flow. I'm also trying to keep a mental count of the things I'm grateful for because gratitude has the ability to shift any mindset from a negative one to a more positive one. It's important to find things to be grateful for, even when it feels like the sky is falling all around you.

Stay safe and be well, friends.

This week, I'm grateful for:
  • The resilience of flower bulbs. Several years ago, the front yard (including the big flower garden) was excavated and re-graded to fix some drainage problems. When some of that earth was moved, a handful of the daffodil, hyacinth, and crocus bulbs went along with it to the dump pile in the woods behind the house. One would think that those flowers would have died, having been forcefully removed from their homes and displaced. But that is not the case. Each spring since that landscaping project, those little flowers sprout from their new dirt pile and bloom. I can stand at the kitchen sink and see their colors way back in the woods, and it reminds me that if those little flower bulbs can be resilient, so can I.
  • Quiet time. This social distancing has some benefits, aside from the positive impact on the medical industry. I think most introverts will tell you they have known this for years, but when it becomes a world-wide intention, it means fewer cars driving by, fewer noisy neighbor parties, fewer reasons to feel like you need to be out socializing. I love that people are finding reasons they enjoy staying home: reading a book, listening to music, or organizing their closets, as so many of my friends have shared that they're doing this week.
  • YouTube seminars. When you're tired of everything Netflix has to offer and local TV channels aren't a safe space to avoid pandemic panic, I'd recommend looking up some of your favorite speakers on Youtube. My personal favorite, Roxane Gay, is featured as a panelist or guest speaker in so many talks and seminars from universities and literary events, and I have been binge-watching them all. In a pinch, Ted talks are great too.
  • Switching to a baby steps to-do list. Because anxiety has been high and focusing on big projects is too much, I'm switching to a smaller to-do list with baby step tasks that are getting me through the day. Trust me, friends. Adding things like "meditate for 5 minutes" to your list and actually checking it off is a good way to feel productive when your brain won't cooperate.
  • Excuses to take naps throughout the day. Let's be real. The number one benefit to this forced quarantine-like state of our world is all the naps we can take. We don't even have to make excuses for them because there's nothing more pressing that has to be done right this moment. At least nothing that can't wait until tomorrow, because we'll be home then too.

What are you grateful for today? 

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  1. Sending you love, it's hard in these uncertain times for sure. I love your gratitude list. I am all for more naps! <3

  2. I am so grateful for quiet time too! Sometimes it's nice to take a step back and appreciate the little things. Even if we're forced to do so.

  3. I appreciate the quiet time too. Sometimes it's nice to take a step back and enjoy the little things even if we're being forced to.

  4. I love the baby steps to-do list approach to handling things. Makes for a lot less stress.

  5. Thanks, friend. Sending some right back to you!

  6. Ashley RademacherMarch 17, 2020 at 2:45 PM

    I hope you get to feeling better soon. I know this can be so tough on a lot of people. Being grateful and listing what you are grateful for can really help.

  7. Nadalie BardowellMarch 17, 2020 at 7:35 PM

    Yes for quiet time! Although I feel as if we're all about to have an abundance of it.

  8. Thank you, Ashley. You're right about that. <3

  9. I'm okay with having a lot of it, as long as it means more people stay healthy! :)

  10. Tobia | craftaliciousmeMarch 22, 2020 at 2:31 PM

    So sorry to hear about your panic attacks. No fun. Hope you are finding a way to cope. I am enjoying the time at home but honestly nothing much has changed for me. So I guess I handle it easily. For now. This might change in the future. I love the flower bulb story. It is amazing where they all pop up during spring. Also lets me smile seeing one in odd places.

  11. Most days, I'm perfectly fine with being at home. It's just the big picture that makes me anxious sometimes.

  12. Such difficult times ahead of us, it's totally understandable to feel anxious about it all. I agree it's helpful to see positives in the little things. I suspect I will be watching a lot of YouTube and Netflix over the next few weeks. Hope you're well and safe.

  13. Yes, I'm sure Netflix and Hulu are going to make bank with everyone shut-in. Stay safe!