With the world in its current state, it seems like we have no control over anything. But the reality is there are SO MANY things we can control. And what we do with that control can actually affect how we get through this challenging time.
We can control several things that improve mental well-being. Maintain a routine. Shower. Exercise (even if it’s a march through the apartment or a YouTube workout video). Go outside, even if only for a few minutes—preferably while the sun is shining. Eat fruits and vegetables. Talk on the phone with people you love. Talk on Zoom with people. Sleep. Binge watch Netflix. Listen to music. Play video games. Work puzzles. Do your schoolwork. All of these things have a way of making us feel better in this upside-down world.
We can also control some things having to do with finances. You should be noticing significant decreases in many areas of your budget. My Subaru is currently getting about three weeks to the gallon. My outlay of funds for restaurants and concerts is much lower than a normal springtime. I’ve had the same $20 bill in my wallet for the last two months. But this is NOT carte blanche to spend frivolously on Amazon. It IS an opportunity to get a little bit of money into savings for the future. When the world turns right side up again, I’ll have a cushion. Some protection against the unexpected. And as we know all too well, the unexpected can and will happen.
We have so much that we can still control. Use it wisely.