Coronavirus: Managing the panic.

“God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the Courage to change the things I can; and the Wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer

I admit: the news is freaking me out. The NBA suspended the season. Tom Hanks tested positive. They just closed Disneyland!

This is a very anxiety-producing time on planet earth and I’m sure a lot of you – like me – are feeling panicky, out of control, and concerned about the future.

This trifecta of bad emotions makes for a perfect opportunity to lose our shit and make a bad situation even worse by reverting back to old behavior.

I’m specifically talking about binge eating.

How ironic is it that the very things we turn to for comfort – huge amounts of sugar, flour, and chemicals – are the very worst things we can do to our systems, making them weaker instead of stronger.

So I encourage you to do what I’m doing and that is to hunker down into self-care, starting with the mental. I am saying the Serenity Prayer over and over as a mantra and I hope you’ll do the same.

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I’m also drinking plenty of water, praying, getting as much sleep as I can, listening to music that makes me happy – Bruce Springsteen, I’m talking to you here – and watching things that make me laugh.

Will any of this guarantee that you, me or our loved ones won’t get the Coronavirus?

No.

Unfortunately, we can’t change the Coronavirus. But we can change our actions. We can strive to be as healthy as possible as we move through this dark tunnel and into the light that waits at the other side.

This, too, shall pass.

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