Something to Take your Mind Off These “Unprecedented Times”
I live in New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the US. People in my community are dying every day. Some days, I am hopeful as I listen to Cuomo’s briefings of how we are flattening the curve. Other days, I wake up dreading sitting at my desk and making small talk about “these unprecedented times” with colleagues and clients.
I’m not downplaying the severity of the travesty — I am here to talk about self-care amidst it.
After all, I have to keep on living. I know what to do to prevent catching COVID 19: I have to wear a mask to go to the grocery store, I have to wash my hands immediately and often, and I have to walk six feet apart on the sidewalk. But I also want to laugh, I want to smile, I want to find moments of joy. Below you’ll find a list of oneTILTs — one tiny inclusive little thing — that have helped me find joy and take care of myself during this time:
- Positive self talk. As a latinx person growing up in the US, I’ve struggled with positive self-talk since I was a little girl. While I work on this with my therapist, this article from the Mayo Clinic on reframing negative thoughts may be helpful for you.
- Not feeling guilty about my guilty pleasures. Yes, I’m fully caught up on the Real Housewives of Atlanta and New York City, and if you want to talk Love is Blind or 90 Day Fiance send me a note (for real!). I am working to not feel bad about using TV as an outlet.
- Starting my day with routines. Every morning I walk my dog, listen to my “morning routine” on Google, and read 30 minutes before heading to my office and starting my day. For me, routines provide stability and predictability that I need.
- Houseparty. Yes, the app is worth a download. Not just because I love their version of Cards Against Humanity, but because it has brought me closer to my family and friends, despite the distance in where we live.
So what has been working for you? Comment below and let me know your thoughts. You can also join us for an Instagram Live conversation tomorrow at 7pm ET @one_TILT and weigh in!
Kimberly Diaz, CEO, oneTILT