How I’m Coping with Quarantine

When I first heard about Coronavirus back in January, I was intrigued, and then immediately forgot about it.

When it continued to pop up in headlines and Google alerts on my phone, my thoughts vacillated between worry and skepticism, never solidly landing on either.

Over these past few weeks, my feelings have spiked and then subsided as drastically as an EKG graph.

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I don’t think any of us expected to be sheltering-in-place when news of the novel virus first began to break. And yet, months later, here we are – facing an unprecedented pandemic together.

How are you personally dealing with all of this?

Though I’m at home, working much as usual, I realize that not everyone is enjoying a paid staycation right now. I understand that uncertainty pervades, and that there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

For that reason, I want to let you know that I am here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you want to share your  concerns with a supportive, unbiased listening ear. As a coach, I listen for a living.  And while I most certainly don’t have all the answers at the moment, I do have time, and I care.

In the meantime, aside from working, here’s how I’ve managed to stay super busy despite not leaving my house.

What I’m reading: 

Modern Love, the New York Times essays that inspired the series on Amazon.

Hardwiring Happiness, a science-y read about your brain and neuroplasticity.

I just finished this one about the 1996 Mount Everest expedition that went terribly wrong. Read it under a blanket surrounded by candles so you stay warm while transporting yourself to Nepal’s sub-zero temps.

What I’m cooking:

Indian yogurts and chutneys and Velvet Butter Chicken (does anything sound more delectable?) based on recipes from my new cookbook.

Scheduling: Virtual Meetups with friends via Zoom and Netflix Party (<—– have you heard? This Chrome extension allows you to stream Netflix simultaneously with your friends from their respective houses).

What I’m making:

This recipe for Quarantinis, which is so simple you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen cabinet.

What about you?

What do you need right now?

If you need some help winding down and reducing stress, I recommend Sanvello (formerly Pacifica). This free app is designed to help people reduce their anxiety and stress by offering breathing exercises, mental health check-ins, and a library of beautiful scenery and soundscapes. Bonus: The creators just announced that, in light of Coronavirus, Premium Access is now free for everyone, as of March 23rd.

If you need a laugh, this short video of Rita Wilson rapping is everything.

If you’re an uber-extrovert (like me) and need to know that other uber-extroverts are feeling equally anxious about all this alone time, read this. 

Stay well, and I look forward to connecting with you soon. ♥

How are you managing your time during quarantine? What daily ritual or practice has helped you maintain a schedule while working from home? Comment below! ↓↓

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