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Amy's Reflections

August 3, 2020

I was talking to a friend the other day about emotions and how with all the added stress and anxiety during the pandemic all of our emotions are “big” emotions. Everything is felt with such extreme that we don’t just get angry, we get furious. We don’t just get sad, we become devastated. We don’t just get happy, we get hysterical. So the challenge in the midst of the chaos is to try to reign in your emotions to a more consistent level where you have some control. I wish I had some great advice on how to do this as I am struggling right along with everyone else. I have decided that I am going to just focus on small steps to help curb my emotions. For example, when I go to the grocery store instead of being angry someone isn’t wearing a mask, I am going to try to be thankful that I am wearing a mask. When I get home from work and the kids haven’t done anything around the house all day, I am going to try to find a way to spend quality time with them instead of worrying if my house is a disaster.

Many years ago we watched the “FISH Videos” and the basic concept of the videos was about choosing your attitude and creating fun in your day. Over the years, I have often told my children to pick a better attitude and that your attitude is the only thing you can control. I know this pandemic is weighing on all of us and it has been difficult to find ways to celebrate and have fun. With that in mind, I would challenge each of you to shift your attitude to a perspective of gratitude. So, instead of focusing on all the things you don’t get to do right now, try to find the silver lining in what you can do. Choose your attitude and see if it doesn’t help stabilize the fluctuation in your emotions. If any of you have some great tips, please share!

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