Bring it to Barb

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Dear Barb,

I am going insane. I hate this virus. The future looks bleak and I have a feeling it is only going to get worse with time. Our world is turned upside down. What could possibly be good about this? I am out of touch with my friends so I have no one to talk to about this. The news is only about the virus now. 

Please bring me some support of how to better look at this situation! 

Signed

Insane About The Virus

Dear Insane About The Virus,

First of all, take the time right now to call your friends today and do it regularly. You won’t catch the virus by chatting on the phone with them. You may need a lot more interaction and affirmations from others than you realize. Your friends could be your lifeline during this isolation time period. 

Here is a post I read recently that puts things in a different perspective for you. 

SINCE THE VIRUS:

No school shootings

Traffic is GONE

Gas is AFFORDABLE

Kids are at home with their FAMILIES

Parents are home taking care of their children

Fast food replaced by HOME COOKED MEALS

Hectic schedules replaced by NAPS, REST & RELAXATION

The air seems cleaner

The world is QUIETER

People are conscious about HYGIENE and HEALTH

Money doesn’t seem to make the world go ROUND’ & ROUND’ anymore

Doctors, nurses & teachers are being PRAISED and RECOGNIZED instead of athletes and celebrities

Now we have TIME, finally, to stop and SMELL the ROSES!

The television and news left on all day will saturate your mind, so guard yourself from over-indulging in the virus subject matter. Don’t postpone your happiness – nurture your interests and spend time considering what you enjoy doing and focus only on that EACH day. What you practice, you become. 

Barb Rock is a retired mental health counselor and the published author of “Run Your Own Race: Happiness after 50.” Send any questions related to mental health, relationships or life issues to her at BarbRockrocks@yahoo.com or text to 253-377-9668.

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