By Jules Plumadore
When March 2020 started, I felt pretty confident that my Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Wellness Toolbox was full. I was using the tools in it regularly and they were working just fine for me: my stress level felt manageable and the idea of anything threatening that seemed to be a million miles away.
Wow, have things changed.
Within a few short weeks, my world has been turned upside down by COVID-19. So many things I took for granted are different, and it feels like nearly all my go-to options for feeling bored, restless, sad, or lonely suddenly aren’t options anymore. Because I’m Sheltering in Place, I work from home now, and the co-workers who used to drop by my office to say hello are now just voices on the phone or faces on a screen. I can’t get together with friends, go to the gym, or go out to dinner with my partner.
I can’t deny that I’ve been feeling a little frustrated and stressed out by all of it. But because I have a WRAP®, I know I’m not helpless in what I choose to do about it.
One of the things I’ve realized over the past week or so is that I don’t necessarily need to find new wellness tools to get me through this time. Instead, I’ve been focusing on finding new versions of old favorites:
- Instead of inviting friends over in person, I’ve been using the magic of the internet to hang out with them online, using apps like Kosmi and Netflix Party.
- Instead of going to the gym, I’ve been getting outside, exploring my neighborhood, and breathing the fresh spring air.
- Instead of going out to eat or grabbing something quick from the store on the way home, I’ve been using my extra time at home to cook healthier meals (which is also helping to keep me from snacking mindlessly throughout the day).
I’ve also been allowing myself to really feel the complicated and sometimes painful emotions that come up during this time, breathe through them, and let them go.
Before I had a WRAP®, something like the global COVID-19 crisis could very easily have thrown me into a personal crisis. But now, although I may experience some ups and downs, I know I’ll be able to use my wellness toolbox to take care of myself no matter what changes I experience.
How about you? What’s your outlook on wellness these days? Are you using any tools you can suggest to others? Let us know in the comments below!