By Kathy Keary
Part 1 of a three-part series with ideas to ease stress, anxiety and depression in troubled times. All articles are here.
Stress, anxiety, and depression are making their rounds in the lives of many during months of sheltering in place. Many are struggling to maintain employment while there children are engaged in virtual learning at home. Others have lost their jobs, and putting food on the table with cupboards and wallets bare is an insurmountable hurdle.
As we maintain social distancing, many are desperate for companionship to relieve their loneliness. Sadly, some are experiencing an empty chair at the table having lost a loved one to Covid19.
Some are screaming: “Will this boredom ever end!”
These are just a few of the circumstances that are haunting us and our loved ones day after day, week after week, and month after month as this pandemic drags on. Know that you are not alone if feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression are knocking on the door of your heart.
You are not alone if feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression are knocking on the door of your heart.
We are not without ways to uplift our spirits during these trying time. Over the next few weeks, we will offer ideas to help relieve the burden of this time in our lives. These are not novel approaches but stand as a reminder that our wellbeing to a great extent rests in our hands. As simple as these suggestions are, intentionality is key. Consider implementing the ones that speak to you.
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Be intentional about doing those things that lift you up and in the process, lifts up others.
Sometimes when depression sets in, it is difficult to implement change even when we know it would do a world of good. Be gentle on yourself during this time. Perhaps you may need to ease into a new habit that will elevate your sense of wellbeing and set you on a path to wholeness. Stay tuned for additional suggestions to deal with the emotions that have surfaced during this unsettling time.
Note: New articles in this series are posted to the website every Monday. The full series can be found here: An Invitation to Something New: The Contemplative Life. On Thursday’s we’ll send an email to remind you of the articles.
[Kathy Keary, a Precious Blood Companion and spiritual director, holds a master’s degree in theological studies and is a graduate of the Atchison Benedictine’s Sophia Center’s Souljourners Program, an intense study of spirituality and spiritual direction. Kathy believes that the divine is present and active in all of life and encourages others to be awakened to the God in all including the divine within. She enjoys accompanying others on their journey to wholeness discovering the person they were created to be.]
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