Be Calm, Yet Informed (COVID-19 Edition)

By now, I’m sure that you are familiar with COVID-19 which has been affectionately nicknamed “That ‘Rona.” For weeks, we have been inundated with minute-by-minute news updates that, at times, perpetuate more fear than fact. With the endless news cycle the questions, too, are endless: What are the symptoms, do I really need this much toilet paper, is it airborne, is ‘Rona going to affect my travel plans, why would people rather die of dehydration than to drink Dasani water? Like I said, the questions are endless.

Unfortunately, anxiety is often the byproduct of fear and the unknown, but it doesn’t have to be. Hopefully, after reading these six steps, you too will be able to manage your coronavirus anxiety.Be Calm, Yet Informed

1. Get outside

I’m not asking you to train for a marathon or to spend unholy amounts of time outside, but it has been proven that sunlight lifts mood and the coronavirus is sensitive to warmer environments. Getting outside and active also boosts your immune system which is a major benefit at this point. If you’re unable to get outside, opening a window and elevating your heart rate may help as well.

2. Create a to-do list

There’s nothing more fulfilling than being able to cross an item off of your to-do list and now more than ever, it’ll be especially significant. It doesn’t matter if the tasks include brushing your teeth, mopping the floor, or cleaning out the gutters. The purpose of this is to get a sense of accomplishment.

3. Limit social media/breaking news consumption

Believe it or not, social media can be extremely anxiety-producing. Sensory and information overload are real, especially during times of crisis. Step away from your phone or computer for a few hours a day to relieve some stress. This may also be a good time to pick up that hobby or learn that new task you’ve been putting off.

4. Call someone you love

This one seems to be pretty self-explanatory. Nothing like the comfort of a loved one to get you through a tough time.

5. Acknowledge your ruminating thoughts

Cut yourself some slack and acknowledge that what you’re feeling is real. It’s OK to feel scared, afraid, or worried about the present and the future. You’re human. Do the best you can to distract yourself with healthy activities. If at any point you feel that your anxiety is too much to manage on your own consider reaching out to a professional.

6. Know the facts

Remember that saying, “reading is fundamental”? It’s true, reading is fundamental and is especially helpful in combating anxiety. Information is key.

 

These are uncertain times and being anxious is proof we’re human. I am not a health care professional, just a person who manages her anxiety on a daily basis. For accurate, up-to-date information visit the CDC and WHO websites.

 

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I Am Grateful

“New year, new me!” I said jokingly as I rang in the new year. And like most people, my New Year’s Resolution/s fell by the wayside around February, maybe even the end of January if I’m being honest. One resolution that I made was to write out at least three experiences or thoughts that made me smile that day. My mantra for 2019 is “prioritize self-care” and journaling and positive self-talk is a part of me taking care of me.

However…

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Feeling Touched Out 004

Your skin crawls. You can’t stand the thought of one more snuggle or cuddle.  The thought of intimacy with your partner? It’s the fuuurthest thing from your mind. You just want a few minutes, or hours, or days, to feel like your body is your own. But when you’re a breastfeeding mother and wife, it’s never your own. This episode is all about feeling touched out!

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Rediscovering Yourself After Motherhood 001

Hey everybody and welcome to the very first episode of The Jae Mommma Podcast* Name Pending.

In this podcast, I chat about the ups and downs of marriage and motherhood, as well as the importance of rediscovering yourself after becoming a mother.

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Warning: This episode covers topics such as postpartum depression (PPD), suicide, feelings of loneliness, among other topics. Although the signs of PPD aren’t mentioned in this episode, my personal experience, as well as resources for getting help, are provided.

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It’s All Fun & Games Until…​

Feeling Touched Out

I never knew how much I needed to be alone until I had my son. If I’m being completely honest, I did not realize how much alone time I needed until my son was about six months old. Up until that point, everything about motherhood was fabulous! I loved nursing my son. I loved being the one who could soothe his woes. I even loved being the one who changed his diapers.

That was until I didn’t.

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