Tools to help in this time

Hello my loves,

How are you doing? I know there’s a lot of emotions running through our minds in this unprecedent time. I have been up and down and all around in mine. I have been focusing on my tools that I have to stay mentally balanced in this hard time. Some tools that I use are daily journaling, contemplation and meditation, yoga every day, a little walk around my apartment complex to see the sun and trees, and I started birding from my window (so far, some sparrows and European Starlings mostly!) There are also so many organizations and people offering their skills/passions with free webinars, Zoom meetings, or Facebook live streaming. The science of positive psychology is helping me a lot to focus on gratitude, mindfulness, to stay present, and focus on what I can control; some folks I recommend are Louisa Jewell (offering free watercooler chats to talk about resilience concepts with folks and connecting) and Greater Good Science Center on Facebook. Melissa Etheridge concerts are so uplifting; that is one positive and loving lady (daily at 3pm Pacific time on Facebook live) I am also working with some coaches to keep building up my self-love and confidence to move forward in this time and beyond and what I want to cultivate with my future career. I also love Zoom yoga class sessions with my family (my sister Bekah teaches at a studio called Yoga Blend in Burbank, CA), and Skype, What’s App, Facebook Messenger, and Zoom calls and texts with loved ones.  I never knew that technology could connect us in a positive way and I am so grateful for it at this time.
What are some tools or methods you are using to help you in this time? I miss you all and think of you often. Here if you want to chat or text! 😊

Virtual big hugs,

Love, Anna

PS it is Spring! See pretty flowers blooming or birds gathering their nests together? This flower is from a spring walk at Balls Bluff in the DMV area we went on before we moved to Oregon. Spring is one of my favorite seasons to see different wildflowers bloom, I think this is a trout lily! Hope you can walk around your house/neighborhood/etc even for a few minutes to see this season!

2 thoughts on “Tools to help in this time

  1. Thank you for all those helpful hints Anna! It is getting harder and harder to keep spirits up. Birds in the backyard are so comforting and fun to watch. We have sparrows, junkos, house finches, American goldfinches, cardinals, chickadees, Carolina wrens, downy woodpeckers, red bellied woodpeckers, blue jays, tufted titmice, doves and the occasional hawk. Also, we have a baby bunny in the backyard and a large bunny out front. Lots of things are blooming in our early spring – lovely to see. Keep up your efforts. I know they will pay off. I’ve attached a photo of a Carolina wren and the candy tuft shrubs Adam placed in our newly designed front yard.

    Love and hugs,


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