WHY I RARELY WATCH THE NEWS
HOW TUNING OUT HELPS ME STAY POSITIVE
For the last couple months, we’ve all been inundated with news, social media, and all forms of information about COVID-19. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to quit the news altogether! Even before all of this started, I wasn’t much of a news watcher. Rarely did I turn it on and feel uplifted. More often than not, watching it dragged me down. What I’ve discovered is that if it’s important enough, I’ll find out about it. The other day was a prime example. I hadn’t looked at the news or checked social media that morning, but in the first five seconds of talking to my associate attorney, he asked if I’d heard the latest about a breaking story. I’m not saying we have to stick our heads in the sand. It’s important to stay informed. But it is okay to shut off sometimes. Instead of opening up Facebook and bracing yourself for more of the same, log off and take a walk around your block. Call a loved one and ask how they are. Look for the bright side. When all of this started, my husband, Dave, was laid off from his job, and I noticed within a few days of him coming home that his attitude and disposition changed. He wasn’t his usual self. Something was getting to him. It didn’t take much detective work to figure out what that was. Dave now had 24/7 to look at social media and watch the news. All of that can suck the energy out of you. My CEO had some advice: Don’t tune in to the news first thing when you wake up. Instead, read 10 pages from an uplifting book. Maybe it’s Scripture, or “Chicken Soup for the Soul” — just find something that helps you start the day in a positive frame of mind. It can make a huge difference. Something that’s helped me is keeping my routine as consistent as possible. I try to go about my mornings the way I usually would, getting dressed up every day (even if all I want to wear are sweats) before diving into work.
As a team, finding a mission bigger than ourselves helps us keep our spirits high. Sure, this is challenging, but we know we have it pretty good compared to a lot of folks. Many of the chiropractors and physical therapists we refer clients to were forced to close and stop serving patients. We looked for ways we could share our resources and knowledge and help them during this time. After all, we’re all in this together! We reached out to our clients, too, calling simply to say hello. We asked how people were doing and if they needed anything. We shared the games and movies we’ve been loving. We all benefit from these connections now more than ever. It’s helpful to remember that just because we have to practice physical distancing doesn’t mean we can’t be social. We’re fortunate to live in a time of Zoom and FaceTime. Can you imagine going through this without technology? Give a friend a call just to say hello; schedule a virtual game night with your family members in different places. Our pets are also amazing sources of joy and comfort. I am so glad Bella came to us when she did! While it’s all too easy to see what isn’t going right, you’ll do yourself a favor if you focus on what is. Find little things you’re thankful for each day. It’s a lot harder to feel scared or sad when you’re focused on being grateful.
-Melissa Emery WWW. EMERYLAWOFF ICE .COM | 1www.emerylawoffice.com
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