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Are We There Yet? Week 7

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m feeling that I’ve had enough of the stay at home experience. I suspect that many of us are feeling anxiety and stress whether it is just a dull sense in the background or much more pronounced. 

I read an article the other day that I think can help. The author compares our current quarantine situation with taking a cross country flight with an infant that has a cold. The goal is simply to arrive at the destination and not to do something extraordinary. I hope you enjoy it and it provides some perspective for you. Read here

Keeping with that theme, I also believe that it is human nature to project outcomes and because we don’t have a good understanding of what these outcomes will be, we feel stressed. We should be living in the moment more which is difficult right now. Rather than list a bunch of books and TV shows, my list this week includes ways to help relax. There are a number of free mindfulness apps that you can download on your phone. Most have a level of free service that is fairly substantial. Three which have gotten good reviews are 

  • Insight Timer
  • Calm
  • Headspace

If you like music, try NPR Tiny Desk Concerts.  

Here is a John Prine Tribute in remembrance of the great John Prine, who died on April 7th

Another music source is Playing for Change. This example is The Weight originally by The Band but played by a global group of musicians including Robbie Robertson and Ringo Starr. 

For exercise, the DC YMCA offers the Virtual Wellness Center. There are free classes, including yoga, dance, barre and many others. I think I pulled a muscle just looking at the pictures!  

Better times are coming. In the meantime, take care and stay safe.