It's okay to not be in quarantine

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This is a strange time we are going through. The whole world is closed. Food shortages. Lack of toilet paper. People who don't work. A feeling for the unknown. Yes, it is a strange time and also a scary time. People die. People are afraid.

If you don't know what tomorrow might bring, it can lead to a feeling of overwhelm, fear, and worry. Some people try to go on as if everything is fine. I was one of those people. I didn't want to fall into the trap all the time, worrying and talking about the corona virus. But the daily list of people who died or were sick with the corona virus on my Facebook timeline was depressing. It was hard to see how people got into an argument over a roll of toilet paper.

The last straw for me happened two weeks ago. I woke up on a Saturday morning and just didn't want to get up. Corona had struck. Not my body, but my mind. I was sad. I had a feeling of hopelessness. When would the world open up? What would it look like if it were opened? Any questions I couldn't answer. Nobody could actually. There were no answers.

Quarantine and stay at homeBut I'm the strong one. I am the one other people come to. I take care of problems. But today I knew I had to do something different. I had to honor my feelings and work to take care of myself. I knew it was okay not to be right now. Okay, not in control.

So what have I done? I listened to my body. I kept the curtains closed, stayed in my pajamas, and watched Hallmark movies all day. I haven't called anyone. I haven't looked at my social media. I got lost in the romances on the screen. Each episode ends happily ever after. I wrote about my feelings. I said out loud that I was upset, scared, worried, crazy, curious, fearful. All the things i felt. I admitted it. And I felt better. I prayed and listened to worship and worship music. I cried. I cried for the people who died from the disease. I cried for the people who struggled through. I cried for the people who had lost their jobs. I cried for myself. And with every tear I felt lighter. I felt at peace. Tears are not a sign of weakness. They clean. The next day I felt so much better. Once I admitted that I wasn't a Wonder Woman and that I wasn't good … things got better.

Don't be afraid to give in to your feelings. Do everything you have to do to take care of yourself. Just know we'll get through this.

Conchetta JonesConchetta Jones, A Shazzy Fitness guest blogger is a certified life coach who specializes in personal development and self-confidence and is the founder and CEO of "She & # 39; s All That!" – a personal development and mentoring organization for girls and owner of Confident Woman She & # 39; s Alll That! – a lifestyle company for women. She loves to motivate and inspire women and girls to step out of the box society puts them in and to live life on their own terms.

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