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Things Keeping Me Sane Right Now

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being totally normal and 1 being the very worst I’ve ever been, I’d say I’m at like a 3. I’m trying everything in my power to keep my thoughts “afloat” right now and there are moments of time where I feel relatively normal and then other times when I’m just… not okay. From checking in with friends, I’d say this is a pretty common feeling. That is, feeling everything mixed with not knowing how to feel.

I used to be a HUGE crier– like I would cry multiple times a day. From stress, from happiness, from watching a sad commercial. Sometimes it was just tears (and I’d wonder to myself why I even was crying) and other times it was uncontrollable like my emotion bucket just spilled over. Anything and everything, my reaction would be to cry. Once I started meditating, one of the “side effects” for me was that I all but stopped crying. Not that I’m unable to, but I’m just so much more in control of my emotions. I went from crying being my blanket reaction to crying rarely and at normal things that would usually elicit tears.

Right now I think I’m back in that murk and my brain is in emotion overload. It’s been emotionally taxing to keep up with news. To hear from friends in tough positions. To read social media posts of my friends in the medical field begging for medical supplies. All things considered, I feel incredibly fortunate to be where I am… and yet, I’m still just overwhelmed by it all.

Even though I’m not fully “okay,” I am trying my best to hold it together. Here are definitive things that are helping me stay sane:

1. Taking it one day at a time.

Everyone knows that I’m a bonafide control freak. This has become my motto though. I’m not even attempting to know what is coming to tomorrow or next week or next month. I am solely focused on today and getting through what I need to get done today. It’s a relief to know that just about everyone feels the same way, but if someone attempts to ask me about something (“when do you think…” “when will we….” etc.), I immediately respond with, “Let’s cross that bridge when we get there, I’m taking it one day at a time.” No one, including myself, has the answers.

2. Working until my laptop dies & then taking a break while it charges.

Work for me picked up a bit this week. I think people took last week to get their ducks in a row and to get their own offices up and running to work from home and everything. To be perfectly honest, I was terrified in not having anything to do, less for the business side of things and more because I didn’t think I could sit at home for an extended period of time with nothing to do.

I know I’m not mentally operating with all cylinders right now, so I’m trying to give myself grace. I usually can sit at my desk with my laptop and work without breaking, but I don’t have that capacity right now. I’ve been working with my laptop unplugged until it dies and that I know when I charge it, I also have to recharge myself.

3. Enjoying morning coffee and afternoon espresso.

I’ve always looked forward to my morning coffee, though I’ve been trying to savor that time even more so now. I have nowhere to be and a much, much looser schedule to follow so it’s okay if I sit with my coffee for 30 minutes and just… not do anything. Similarly, I’ve been breaking up my afternoons with a double shot of espresso. I’m like one of Pavlov’s dogs when I hear the machine fire up! I get so excited for that delicious shot.

4. Writing out to-do lists.

I live for my to-do lists on the best of days, so it’s no surprise how helpful I’m finding them now. I’ve always been pretty grateful to not have a boss, but I kind of crave someone just giving me a calendar full of Zoom meetings or telling me what to do for the day right now. I’ve been writing out my to-do list now the night before for the following day and I’m putting EVERYTHING on it. Even something as small as “unload the dishwasher.” Because of that the lists are super long, but it’s giving me a clear set idea of how the day will go. And since I’m doing them the night before, I can hit the ground running the next morning feeling super productive. Oh you showered and made your bed? Check, check. (And then I can move on to my usual work!)

5. Avoiding watching the news.

I probably should have made this the second bullet point. I’ve always hated the 24-hour news cycle and I hate even more now. I wish I could just turn on the news for 30 minutes and get the bullet points. Watching CNN people talk themselves in circles to fill an hour where nothing “new” has been released started to cause me to mentally spiral.

At one point I realized I had been sitting on the couch glued to the television for about two hours having learned absolutely nothing new but feeling like an elephant was sitting on my chest.

I’m sticking to getting my news online now– I’ve found that reading the news is significantly easier on my mental health than watching/listening to it. I walk away from a few articles feeling like I ~know~ what’s happening without feeling like I need to crawl into a hole while I wait for the pandemic to come to an end.

6. Texting with friends.

I’m talking to my friends more than ever right now and I LOVE it. Everyone’s working from home and I think the pace of work for everyone has slowed down a bit so there’s more time to just chat. Whether it’s checking in to see how someone is feeling, sharing a funny meme, or switching to FaceTime just to see their face. At any given moment, there is a fluttering of activity in the iMessage and I am even more grateful than ever to have the friends that I have.

7. Blow drying my hair.

For the first five or so days of self-quarantining, I didn’t blow dry my hair. It… was nice in a way, but I also felt sloppy which made me feel gross and then I felt extra down. It takes about 15 minutes to blow dry my hair (thank you Dyson) and that 15 minutes every other day is worth it.

8. Sitting in my car. 

Let me just preface this by saying, I am ETERNALLY grateful we are not in that Hoboken basement apartment. Being in a house with extra space and all the natural light is the best. (This is my gratitude #1, see below.) Mike has taken to working downstairs and I work upstairs. Having rooms to go into and multiple bathrooms to “split” and doors to close for a little privacy has made this more than doable. Plus Mike and I have been having a good time and have the same attitude about the whole thing (strictly quarantining), so it’s so important to be on the same page.

With that said, sometimes I just want to feel…. alone. Away from the dogs, away from Mike. Not because I don’t love them, just because I want to “be.” I’ve climbed into my car a few times already just to recline the seat and do a meditation by myself. Or drive around the neighborhood for a bit to call my mom.

9. Saying gratitude prayers.

Focusing on things to be grateful for helps me keep my face towards the sun, so to speak. I really do have so much to be grateful for right now and I want to make sure I keep those things top of mind as I go about my day. It doesn’t “cure” that anxiety I’m feeling about the world, but it helps me stay afloat like little water wings.

10. Making plans for the future.

I don’t mean this to be making like… scheduled plans for the future. Even though I’m taking things one day at a time, I’ve been doing a great deal of personal reflection on what I want and what I need on the other side of this. It’s reshaping how I pictured things going. Things that felt incredibly important to me feel less so now. I’m taking good, hard looks at what is important to me. What I can do without. What I need more of. Big and little life things too.

I’ve been reading all these articles about how this pandemic and the almost guaranteed financial depression will reshape the world and America. I relate so hard. Right now so much of my life feels…. unimportant and even obsolete. My job would be at the very top of the “Not Essential” list. I have some people relying on me for income in some capacity but no full time employees to lead. I have no children to care for. In a way it’s a relief and in an another way it’s depressing.

11. Taking Instagram breaks.

I think more people are scrolling through Instagram and it’s led to a huge influx of Instagram DMs for me. Between that and seeing people on Instagram just gallivanting around town (and OMG if I saw one more person get on a PLANE) like nothing was going on nearly sent me over the edge.  It overwhelmed me and I realized I need to be better about how often I was even opening the app. I can’t control what other people do, only what I do myself. And answering DMs is part of my job so I have to do it, but I can be more deliberate about when I do it and setting limits for it so it’s more manageable.

12. Showering and laundering a lot. 

I’ve been taking (quick) showers at least twice a day and fully washing my body in case there are germs and it’s also been my go-to move when the panic becomes overwhelming. A three minute shower with hot water beating down on my body has really helped bring me back down to earth. (Plus I can cry in the shower without Mike getting super concerned 😂) And I’ve been washing our sheets and pillowcases and clothes and towels a lot. I usually wash our sheets once a week but now I’m doing it every few days in case we’re carrying germs with us? I have no idea if it’s doing anything and frankly we’ve been quarantined for long enough that we either had it and were asymptomatic or we haven’t had it and haven’t been exposed since staying home. But I’m washing our linens just in case. At the very least, it makes me feel in control? And I’m getting very good at putting the duvet on quickly.

13. Getting a full night’s sleep.

Another thing to be grateful for is that I have complete control over my schedule at the moment. I can go to bed when I want and wake up without an alarm. No meetings. No phone calls. No doctor’s appointments. No gym classes to make. No shoot days with my photographer. No commutes into the city. I’ve been letting myself go to sleep naturally and wake up naturally. I’ve been reading Why We Sleep so I’ve been running my own personal sleep experiments basically. Honestly, I feel amazing energy wise. On days when I’ve been more panicky than normal, I’m definitely emotionally exhausted which spills over into a physical exhaustion. But otherwise I’ve been feeling well-rested every morning. It’s giving me a good sense of how much sleep I actually need, when my body feels best waking up, and at one point in the night I’m actually tired.

What’s keeping you sane?! A good tip for morning routines? Something you read about online? A show keeping you afloat? A mental health practice that you swear by? Let me know!

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51 Comments

Allie N.

This is so helpful! I’m doing birthday gift and Mother’s Day shopping in advance (from small business owners!) and using the Ink app to send cards to friends. It’s helping me feel more connected to people.

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Quincy

Working in marketing for a fashion brand, I’ve also felt like my job is frivolous and almost laughably non-essential. But I think it’s also fair to give ourselves some credit because now more than ever, joy matters. Do clothes and accessories really matter, not just now but ever? No, and it’d be irresponsible to try and convince anyone of that. But it’s really more about the joy and confidence and self-expression that something like fashion provides.

And I also want to say that within your platform specifically, I feel like you work very hard to be a resource for smart, intentional, healthy, and creative living. That most certainly matters, and is quite essential. (And also very appreciated!)

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DK

I really like that perspective. And I have personally gone down the rabbit hole of feeling the intense need to do something that matters. Like world-changing matters. It can be hard to be realistic when you see so many issues in the world you want to fix. However, in many ways this idealistic singular job or position to change the world is nonexistent. Politics oftentimes seems like the only way but politicians are imperfect still and struggle to enact change. Same with every level of people trying to make a difference. But I’ve found that when I look at the people in my life who have made an impact on me, in a really positive way, they weren’t changing the world but just changing a small subset of it by helping me.Your impact doesn’t have to be huge to be important, necessary, and life-altering for someone. I can certainly say Carly manages this on a larger scale than she probably realises.

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Val

Dear Carly, it’s funny how you ask what we read online to keep us afloat these days because I always love coming to your cosy little bubble, but even more so these days, so thank YOU 🙂
Sending you a big virtual hug from across the Atlantic xx

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Lucy-Claire

I really enjoyed reading this, Carly, thank you so much for sharing. It is such an overwhelming time! I really related to your second paragraph about having all the emotions.. leading to tears, and you’ve inspired me to jump back on the meditation train which I used to be on.

Also really loving logging off of social-media on purpose and limiting access to the news. xx

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H

Hi Carly! Your posts offer a very nice break in home working!
As for disinfecting, it’s likely very unnecessary to wash linens that often! The virus stays longest on hard non porous surfaces (plastic, metal, ceramic). https://www.google.be/amp/s/www.businessinsider.com/how-long-can-coronavirus-live-on-surfaces-how-to-disinfect-2020-3%3famp
What I did to help me stay sane is 1) clean the whole house with a focus on disinfecting and getting all the doorknobs/light switches/phones/keyboards, etc. 2) used either soap&scrubbing, diluted bleach, or 60-80% alcohol, depending on the surface. 3) anytime I go out, I take minimal stuff. When I return, keys, phone, wallet, etc all go on on the nearest table and sprayed with rubbing alcohol 70%, along with the door knob I touched, outerwear hangs overnight in my closet and doesn’t get touched. And of course I wash my hands.
This way I feel that my home itself is safe and I’m not obsessively scrubbing all surfaces all day long, and I have a limited dedicated “containment zone” in my entryway.
Again, thank you for the calm and distraction you bring every day! Stay safe!

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Gaby

I had the same hair experience! I’m drinking less coffee to help with anxiety AND to conserve coffee and precious creamer.

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Ali

Having as close to a normal routine as possible – make coffee first thing, read, shower, get dressed (something other than pajamas!), makeup/skincare routine – has helped so much. Even putting on some perfume reminds me of happier days that are both behind and ahead of us! Thanks for all of these great tips, Carly.

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nan

Please don’t put a label on yourself as unimportant. Your posts have a great value to many. In the same way you look forward to your morning coffee, I look forward to reading your blog. It gives me an immediate lift to know I can check in to your blog everyday. I so appreciate that you post everyday, even on the weekends. Keep the faith this too shall pass. Brighter days ahead! And more importantly, know you’re a gem to all of your many followers!

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Rebecca

Gosh I relate to these so much! Especially limiting the news and Instagram breaks. For me, one thing that really helps is waking up an hour earlier than the rest of my house – it is so calming. I journal, write out my gratitudes and have my “coffee.”

Speaking of, I am so jealous of you being able to handle that much caffeine right now! I love coffee so much, but it does not agree with my anxiety, especially in times like this! So for right now I actually have switched to herbal caffeine-free coffee to keep me more level.

Another thing I’ve been doing is going back through Google photos to savor memories from past trips. That may just be depressing for some people, but for me it gives me really happy memories and helps me stay excited for the future.

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supal // @supaldesai_

I REALLY like how you’re looking at the future. Seeing other bloggers encourage their readers to think about the future in terms of what they’re hopeful/wishful for (ie. trips, meeting friends, etc) is naive. I think what you’re doing is so good to get you prepared for the worst or even the not-so-bad. Thanks for sharing!

chevrons & éclairs

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Brigid Devney-Rye

Hi Carly! I’m glad to hear you are taking care of yourself. I decided this was a great time to get a big project done so I am working on my mom’s family history. I am having so much fun, I wake up excited to get going on it. Fortunately, she has a very interesting family! Oh, and I’m trying to finish a sweater I am knitting. I’m also thinking of having a big party when this is all over so must think of that. Staying away from the news too! All the best!

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Sandy

I signed up to receive a daily news summary email a year ago and it has saved me throughout this crisis. Every morning, I get my necessary news from it and then I don’t have a single reason to go search out other news on TV or online. I would highly recommend trying this (I love The Skimm, but don’t want to push any specific brand) to make sure you are up to date with national/international news, but not overwhelmed with it all day.

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Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

As I was reading these I felt like you were in my own head! I haven’t been watching the news because at this point it feels like our “news” in America is just meant to be entertainment and filler. I’ve been keeping a schedule yet relishing the not having to go anywhere part. Taking mental breaks and figuring out how to navigate the same working/living space with my fiancé with one bathroom and two floors has been annoying, fun and a great prep for marriage lol. Thank god living in the suburbs means I can get in my car and drive too!
Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams 

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Abbey

I have enjoyed your blog for a couple of years now. Right now I find your blog hard to read. I enjoy hearing about how you’re keeping busy, but I think hearing some of the specifics about your anxiety, like showering multiple times a day, can be triggering. I suffered from contamination OCD before this crisis, and hearing the specifics about what others are doing to manage their anxiety makes me think I should be doing more. I know we’re all trying to figure this out, I just thought I would offer my perspective. I understand the extreme anxiety this situation is causing everyone, and the challenge of finding a balance between talking about it and trying to distract from said anxiety.

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carly

I’m sorry to hear that– I’m sure this is a particularly difficult time for you.

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Sarah

Hi Carly!

First of all, I don’t think you should have to apologize for sharing your personal experiences–whatever they may be, especially during this extremely stressful time. Everyone has the power to choose whether or not to read your blog. However, that being said, I agree with Abbey that this post was a little bit triggering in terms of OCD behaviors. Although I do not struggle with this in particular, some of my friends do, and I wish there had been a warning prior to the post. I think this is especially important because the post is titled “Things Keeping Me Sane Right Now,” so people may click on it for suggestions to stay sane, and instead become triggered inadvertently. I know this absolutely was not your intention, but it is definitely something to consider in future posts.

Secondly, your response to Abbey that you’re sorry to hear that they’re really struggling with mental health right now and that this must be a particularly difficult time reads as slightly condescending and invalidating to her mental health, since you did not address the (very reasonable) concerns she shared and instead dismissed them entirely. Collectively, we are ALL struggling right now, in one way or another. But one person’s challenges does not invalidate another’s. There is space to hold everyone’s anxieties and mental battles.

Again, I want to reiterate I’m not suggesting you change your content, obviously. We all can responsibly choose what to consume. I am asking for you to please be mindful of what might be triggering and warn your readers first, so that we can make an informed decision.

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Katie T.

Are your local coffee shops still open for to-go orders? I’m not finding myself as anxious as you, but I do find a lot of peace in running out to my favorite local shop for iced coffee in the morning. It injects some normalcy into my routine and helps support a small business that’s really struggling not to lay people off. Most of the ladies there know me and I think they enjoy seeing their regulars.

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carly

They are open for takeout but I gave up disposable coffee cups and I’m still sticking with it! I think once this is all over I will be going to a different one my favorite cafes to sit down for a cappuccino every single day!

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Janessa Jackson

Thank you for sharing this! Especially about finding time alone if you are isolating with your significant other. Something that’s been helpful for me is reading YA novels. They are really easy stories to get into and super simple versus a more literary book.

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Gabriella

Thanks for this, Carly. I am in the sports industry as an Event Manager and all of our events were cancelled which means I don’t have much to work on. Through all of this uncertainty, I am trying not to be anxious about the lack of work, but instead be grateful for the opportunity to reset. I’ve had more time than ever to work out, read and enjoy the sunshine. Everyone stay safe!

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Kitty

This might sound nuts, but this whole situation has really helped me to set limits and say “no” with more confidence. Dear Hubby and I are both still working from home full tilt, homeschooling the kids, and trying not to loose our minds. I’ve felt more confident saying “NO” and sticking to my boundaries – because LITERALLY there is no viable third option right now. I have become more confident and clear about what is essential to my day and OK, in a way I have never been before, in saying NO to the rest.

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Ellie

This is a really great and helpful post. Thank you for your openness about what you’re going through and what’s working for you. It helps to hear about the approaches other people are taking to staying home. Even if everything might not apply, it helps me think about what I can do differently that would work better for me. I’m also struggling a lot with what you brought up in #10, making plans for the future. I’m in graduate school, and this crisis has made me question my area of focus a little, since it feels sort of useless. It helps to hear that you feel that way too because it’s so clear that your blog is a great service to so many of us! Maybe my work is useful in ways I don’t realize, too? I also appreciate your reframing this as a chance to reflect and refocus. Thank you.

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Joan

You are very important! I think you are the only blogger out there being honest and not trying to sell anything. It’s extremely refreshing. Your blog has always been my favorite and now it really is.
We have 2 kids so that’s my life but my husband is like you, an extremely detail oriented list maker. He was thankfully already on a sabbatical this year.
Thank you for all of your regular blog posts, we love them!

– Joan
(The “friend” who finally bought BB Brownie after DMing you so many times for the color).

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Nancy

I’ve been thinking of the situation as if I’m snowed in, but without the snow-lol. I have great faith in Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci. I also have hope that research is on full steam ahead and a drug combination and vacine to fight the virus will arrive very soon. I’m grateful for my husband , dogs, and a safe place to live. Just remember to breathe and this will pass.

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Jasmine

Apologies for the unsolicited advice, but have you considered cutting caffeine? I have anxiety and switching to decaf (I know it sounds so boring) actually made a huge difference in reducing panicky feelings. You definitely feel weird for the first two weeks, but long-term, I feel so much better and sleep so much better too.

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N.

Just wanted to echo what some people have already said — your posts are something keeping me sane right now. I’m so happy I can maintain my normal “lunch break,” where your blog is the first I pull up.

Thank you for continuing to put out content! Seriously, anything you post is a joy to read and something that makes me smile!

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Jennifer Record

agree on blow drying your hair, getting dressed, and making your bed..kinda tricking your brain into things are “normal”..keeping a gratitude journal..and listening to the news… NPR.. I remember someone telling me this after 9/11.. seeing the images was too much for me.. listening to something NPR once a day helped.

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Chloe

I really appreciate your honesty here! I’m well off relatively speaking: no immediate health concerns, able to work from home so no loss of income, etc. but I’m still finding this really challenging. I just haven’t felt like myself lately. I love these tangible tips to make the day a little better.

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Annalise

I’ve been writing letters to and FaceTimeing with my friends!! I’m a senior in college so seeing my last year get cut short, I have definitely shed a lot of tears over the last’s I lost. So now I am trying to focus on the firsts I get to experience instead, like I gave a presentation in my pajama pants for the first time or have gotten to go rollerblading each night with my little brothers. And like you said giving myself grace and acknowledging that it’s ok to be sad during this hard time has helped a lot too.

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Ashley L.

Carly – I’ve followed you for years (at least 8, but probably longer if I really took the time to count). Over the last few weeks, coming to your blog and reading your post for the day has become a little ritual for me during all of this madness. It is a great way for me to escape the world for a few minutes and focus on something that isn’t coronavirus, work, or other responsibilities. Basically, this is just a long-winded “thank you” for keeping things relatively light around here while we are all doing our part to stop the spread. Hope you get some sunshine today; the sun is shining where I’m at today and it helps me immensely!

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Maureen

Due to health issues on my part and then on other family members parts I do not work. I am fortunate to have a husband who is able to work from home.
I stay out of his way during his work hours because even though he is home he is working–just in sweats not in normal work clothes :).
One of my big concerns is my 87 yr old mother. She has severe heart health issues. One of my brothers is there with her. They are in their own condo. She is fortunate to have him. He was an attorney who stopped working to help my parents. My father passed just over two yrs ago, so he is helping my mother and he was helping others but right now with what is going on in the world his main concentration is my mom and himself.
All that is going on in the world is stressful. I understand where you say that there are times when you are just worn out and cry. I have had anxiety for over 10 yrs now and I had it under control for some time. (I am not on medication as I tend to be allergic to a lot of stuff). It is just life –keeping everything interesting.
I have been watching Hallmark or other NON news channels when I do watch TV. It can make the situation worse.
I am taking many deep breaths and waking up each day trying to make the most of it.
All the best.

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Samantha C

Hi Carly!
Thanks for this! I’ve been making lists each day for my personal life (rather than my work to do’s) and that has been a huge saver for me, mentally. I’m also throwing myself into cooking, while I live alone, making a nice meal and ensuring I have pre-planned meals for the week, has been such a therapeutic way of self-care.

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Anna

Sad to hear you are feeling this way, I think these are trying times for lot of us so keep up with your routine to keep sane! TBH I am still finding my routine a little bit, my sleeping schedule is completely out of order, I get tired really early in the evening and then sleepy in the morning, so I think I need to change this and push myself to get up earlier. What is keeping me sane is having more time to cook as normally we don’t have time to cook anything what takes over 30 minutes on a weekday. The prospect of learning some new, ‘adult’ recipes is keeping me excited and takes my mind off the situation.

xx Anna.

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Sabrina

For your need for news:
PBS Newshour. I swear by it. Judy’s voice can be so calming. No one is yelling. No one is FREAKING OUT. They are delivering information in a calm manner.

Additionally, consider subscribing to the actual newspaper. It can feel at times that the newspaper is old new, but it’s nice to read and not hear/see news.

Plus the Sunday times can take a person 4 days to get through!

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Amanda

Carly, I’m also having a really tough time during this whole social distancing thing. My work has been super stressful, I feel down in the dumps, and I just want things to go back to normal. So it’s great to read that you are also having some struggles, too — I’m a long-time reader, a year or two behind you in school/age, and always love to get your take on things. Thanks for being honest. It doesn’t make me feel so alone. We will get through this!!!

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Carla

After watching an episode about him on Netflix’s The goop Lab, I’ve been doing a guided 11 minute Wim Hof breathing meditation on YouTube since self quarantining 9 days ago, and I feel like a different person at the end of it. It is AH-Mazing! I’ve never felt so refreshed from doing something so ‘normal’.

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Julia

Instagram DM-tip!

There is this little nifty computer app that lets you open up the Instagram-chart function alone so you can answer DMs without actually having to open up the Instagram-app itself! I use it a lot, here it is:

https://igdm.me/

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Nina

Showering and laundering won’t really help germ-wise, but if it gives you peace of mind then why not 🙂 as long as you realize it’s something you do mostly for peace of mind and not because you have to, as long as it’s doesn’t become (too) obsessive. I think all of us will develop some new habits to cope with the current situation.

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Lauren

The 24 hour news cycle was/is killing me too! The other day I had a full blown anxiety attack after I realized I had spent several hours hitting refresh on CNN’s live feed online and the Johns Hopkins map. It’s been 48 hours since I’ve even LOOKED at a news article or number and I can’t tell you how much that has helped my mental health! I now rely on my husband to tell me only what I NEED to know because I just can’t take the news and how much fear that have instilled in me lately. Walking on nice days has also been insanely therapeutic because when I got outside for a walk with my headphones in, everything looks normal. There are more cars in driveways, but just looking and feeling and experiencing nature, you’d never know what’s really going on. And that helps – it makes me remember that this WILL get better and we WILL be okay! Thinking of you!!

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Jenna

Carly, thank you for writing this! I’ve really enjoyed the openness in your writing lately, and this post in particular just made me feel less alone in my anxiety and cabin fever. It can be calming just to know other people are also out there feeling the same things and finding bright spots and mechanisms to make these days a little better.

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Mary

Carly, you are such a lovely person. Thank you for sharing this.

My husband and I just bought a house and moved in! In the process CV hit and six family members asked if they could flee NY and stay with us. Life is up side down but I’m counting my blessings and this little corner of the internet is my respite.

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Megan Joseph

You’ve got this!!! We’ve got this!!! I have also been really savoring my “new” morning routine during this time. Waking up and goind downstairs in my PJ’s to make coffee and emtpy the diswasher is a good way to start the day befire going upstairs to change (into workout clothes) and head into my “office”. I have been going out for a quick mid-day run if possible at lunch, and then settling back into work until 6. Then I am giving myself and hour of outdoor/workout time until dinner. Working out is definitely keeping me same.

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