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  • Writer's pictureJanee Pennington

Don't Forget To Breathe...

Wow! How quickly reality as we know it can change. What a week this has been with the constant tide of Coronavirus news cascading onto the public. It is true, times like these are filled with a sense of uncertainty and fear, but we must not panic. Remember to breathe, trust that we are all in this together, and stay grounded in gratitude.

On Wednesday evening I had the pleasure of joining Dr. Gillian Ehrlich from The Center Of Healing Neurology located in Seattle, WA to discuss COVID 19 and what we can all do to help further prevent the spread. The podcast is available for anyone who would like more information on this virus and how to get through the next few months. I will link the podcast at the end of this post, please feel free to share the link with friends and family!

Social Distancing

I'm sure you have all heard the term by now, but what does it really mean? Seeing quite a few people act as if life as we know it is over! Not at all, my friends. While everyone should be avoiding contact with others as much as possible, this does not mean we are prisoners of our homes. In fact, fresh air and staying active is imperative to get through this!

Colin and I let loose snowshoeing through Taos Ski Valley. It is one of our favorite outdoor activities and we were virtually able to avoid contact with others the entire time. My subscribers and weekly readers know I am an outspoken supporter of getting outside, and that remains through this pandemic. You can be responsible and considerate of all while still prioritizing your mental and physical well-being with some fresh air.

As you can see, it felt so good to have our space and enjoy it!

Let's all try to stay grounded, remember what we CAN do instead of what we cannot. There is still a great deal to be thankful for and a quick list-making can help put that in perspective:

Activities that are closed:

- Brunch at a cafe

- Visiting Grandma

- Cocktails with colleagues

- Going to the gym

Activities that are still available:

- Hiking

- Taking a walk

- Call a friend

- Surfing/swimming

- Working out in the yard

- Playing ball with the kids or pets

- Gardening

- Reading on the porch/deck

- Painting outside

- Play a board game

- Take up a new language or hobby (I'm thinking French lessons!)

- Dancing to music

- Cleaning the attic or for that matter... Your bedroom (It is now officially spring! and you know who I'm talking to here, right?).

I could go on but I think you get my point. How we spend this time is on us! I have so many wonderfully creative and hardworking people in my life that I know we will adapt and eventually overcome this together. How do you plan to spend your isolation time? I'd love to hear in the comments any personal goals or ideas to get the most out of this situation.

What a time to be alive

I couldn't help but reminisce as we walked along the Rio Grande River Gorge days before FaceTime, group chats, and Zoom meetings. How fortunate we are we can still talk to Grandma every day, see the worry melt from her expression as the people she holds dearest light up the screen to tell her she's loved and not alone. We are still connected, even from a distance. Our family well before us would have had to go weeks without a single letter, I think of these times when I feel fear or anxiousness start to slip in. I choose to ground myself in gratitude and remember how lucky we still are.

My hope is you will take some time to listen to the podcast, share it with your family and friends, and then find a way to responsibly get some fresh air. Walk outside, put your bare feet in the grass, snow, water or mud and take a deep breath! Everything will be okay.

Thank you for reading and I'll be thinking of you during this time of adjustment.

In good health


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