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@ellisjrosen @newyorkercartoons

How are you doing through all this?
I ask you because often we just plug along and don’t stop to notice.
So stop for a moment, take a few deep breathes and notice.
I’ve been up and down, between being okay and then going stir crazy.The rain has not helped!
Meditating daily helps me be more aware of my thoughts.I am able to catch myself when my mind start to over think and create anxiety.
It is so important, especially right now, to notice when the mind starts to create havoc.
When we have this awareness we can OBSERVE and not get carried away into your thoughts. We can take some deep breathes and note that they are just thoughts and that we can choose to let them go.
The thoughts will come back, just keep observing and letting go.
When you notice this pattern go into your breath. Here is a good way to do it:

  1. Take a deep breath in for 4 counts
  2. Hold your breath for 4
  3. Exhale for 4
  4. Hold the exhale for 4
  5. Repeat

This is the simplest and most effective way to get out of your head and into your body.
It is very important for your mental health.
I bring this up because I have noticed many people are extremely anxious.I think the main cause is watching the news too much.
Yes people want to stay informed. This can be done very easily with just 10 minutes a day.It is not necessary to watch the news more than that!
Notice how watching the news makes you feel, does it:

  • give you shortness of breath
  • create a tightness in your chest
  • put your stomach in knots
  • cause sleeplessness
  • create negative thoughts that stay with you and repeat in your head

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please consider cutting down or even cutting out the news. I seriously think the news creates a lot of depression and anxiety in our society.
Turn off the TV or log off the internet.Here are some alternate activities that will make you feel better:

  • go for a walk – the beach, the forest, anywhere, just get outside
  • read or listen to a book, the public library has an amazing APP
  • listen to a podcast, there are so many great ones
  • watch an entertaining show (avoid depressing ones)
  • listen to music you love
  • do a puzzle
  • start a project: write a book, create a podcast, take up drawing, painting
  • play a game in person or invite a friend online
  • clean out a closet or drawer
  • clean out your storage space

Stay connected to how the things you are doing make you feel and choose activities that lift you up, not pull you down.
Hang in there everybody, this too shall pass!
Sending you lots of positive vibes.
xoAli

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