As the last day of our Level 5 Lockdown starts I have one recurring thought: Never has keeping healthy been so important. I keep saying this to myself over and over. I imagine it is because when faced with such an invisible enemy it is perhaps helpful to instead look to the things that we can control, lest we become overwhelmed by those things that we cannot control.
So what can I control?
I can control my adherence to the laws set out by our officials. Even though some of the rules may not make sense, and they feel unnecessarily restrictive and “unfair”, it may be best for our own peace of mind to give the benefit of the doubt here. Our safety is of utmost importance here and these restrictions are there to protect us. So wear those masks. Stay inside as much as possible. And keep washing those hands!
Another thing I can control is the choices I make regarding my health. Yes, keep eating as well and as healthily as possible. Yes, keep up your movement as much as you can. Challenge yourself to get creative with these restrictions! The healthier you are the more likely you will be able to fight this virus.
And lastly, I can control my behaviour towards others. I can choose to be kind always. As we all go through this together we can keep in mind that some might be struggling more than others. From the parents struggling to homeschool children while they keep up with their work from home, to the individuals with underlying health conditions who are currently fearing for their lives, to the folks who have had a dramatic decrease in their income, to the children who are missing their friends. We’re all in need of a little extra kindness at the moment, and kindness begets kindness.
I truly hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and coping. I hope that you continue to find silver linings in this very dark cloud. And I hope that we will all see each other again soon.
Be well, my friends. Always.