These are just things that have worked for me.
It centers on remembering that feeling even distantly threatened, and observing others' danger and suffering can both be traumatic to you. And they add up over time.
A natural response is to try to regain control by learning everything we can, so we immerse ourselves in the news.
It really helps to have a one friend or advisor who's concerned about the same things you are, but also willing to tell you when it seems like concern about the worst case scenarios is unbalancing your thinking about daily life.
Helps to have a friend to encourage you to put some of that TP back on the shelves, so to speak.
Seems obvious, I know, but man do I struggle sometimes to keep these kinds of practices up.
Everything around us is changing more quickly than it has in generations—maybe in human history.
Much of what we have grounded our sense of normalcy on turns out to be soft sand, shifting fast.
Trying to frantically keep things the same—to protect everything, to make every decision the right one, to be in control—will make you crazy.
That doesn't mean not to learn or prepare—it means to learn and prepare to carry forward the true heart of our lives.
I find that practical, and healing.
I know this is a terrifying and chaotic time, but be gentle and forgiving with your head and your heart, if you can.