While my family and I are adjusting to the new normal, as I’m sure all of you are, I’m finding it hard to stay focused and motivated, while dealing with anxiety, stress and uncertainty as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuning into the news as the world changes hour by hour amidst illness, death and fear has been mentally paralyzing. Not to mention learning to cope with my own new normal: homeschooling a 6 year old and caring for a 2 year old while juggling meals, household duties and a heavy workload. All of these recent changes have me extremely on edge, to say the least.

Staying indoors the majority of the day is really hard, but I’m still trying to find moments of happiness and joy; like the fact that no one I personally know and love has the virus, and the fact that my husband and I have the privilege of working from home in order to keep our family safe. When I need some fresh air, I can venture outside, even if only for a few minutes. And when I need a mental escape, my kids are always there to make me laugh or cry.

I’m going to do my best to pick myself up from the anxiety that’s paralyzed my emotions, and make a real effort to find my own version of  normal–one that finds joy in the little things, amidst the sadness my heart feels for everyone effected by the coronavirus. I hope you all can find a way to do the same.

Sending you positive vibes and virtual hugs,