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How We're Dealing with COVID-19

To say that it's been a crazy time in the world would be an understatement. We've all been forced to adapt to a new normal and deal with the undeniable anxiety that comes with change and uncertainty. However, like most things in life, the only thing that we can personally control is our own reaction to this.

Although there is no denying that the coronavirus pandemic is life-altering and scary, let's talk about the positives for a moment.

1. Perspective

One great thing about having our lives put on pause is the perspective that it allows us to have. We have all adapted to living an extremely fast life, constantly moving from one thing to the next without ever stopping to question what we're doing or why we think the way that we do. This is a perfect opportunity to slow down and just EXIST. Although we are all for having goals and aspirations, this pandemic has shown has that you truly cannot plan the future. The only thing that we can do is try our best to be fully present in the moment, because that's all that we really have.

I think that this situation has also provided perspective on what is important in life. It reminds us that as humans, our life is short. We waste so much time feeling anxious about things we can't control or things that haven't happened yet. We care too much about what other people think about us. This is a great time to discover your own priorities and refocus your energy on the things that are important to you. For Lauren and I, that is family, health, and developing our careers/education.

2. Work on yourself

The abundance of free time that we have is also a perfect time to work on yourself. Start the projects that you've been putting off. Spend time finding and cooking healthy recipes or getting into a good workout routine. Try meditation. Clean your room. Have a spa day with your family. Do the things that you never had time to do.

3. Get outside

It's safe to say that we (and our dogs) have never been on so many walks in our life. There is so much power in physically changing your state & your environment and getting outside of yourself. Walking or running outside is also an easy way to get some exercise in if you're not feeling like doing an at-home workout. Go for a long walk with your family, making sure to stay a safe distance away from others, to break up your day and clear your head.

4. Connect with friends

Even though we can't be physically together, I've been on FaceTime or Zoom with friends almost everyday. It's been so nice to catch up and ask friends how they are doing and how they've been spending their time at home. I think this is super important because obviously self-isolation can be very lonely if we don't make a point to connect with people. So get off TikTok and call a friend, you'll feel better after (I also need to take this advice) !!!

That's all for now... hope you're doing well, hanging in there and have been enjoying our weekly podcast episodes. Comment some of your favorite self-isolation activities below or on our latest Instagram photo :)

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