Coping Tools

I hope this blog post finds you safe and healthy, with a good selection of coping tools at the ready. Goodness know we need them right now.

My coping tools include reading escapist fiction, keeping creative, taking long naps, and maintaining some semblance of a normal routine with my business and my writing. If you’re like me, work offers a familiar place to settle into when the world outside is swirling too fast and crazy to recognize.

While we wait in this holding pattern, I’ll be posting regularly here on Random Acts of Writing, trying to share words of wisdom, coping strategies, and the saving grace of humor when possible.

Like this. This lovely piece of wisdom I saw online this week. During this time of social distancing and quarantines, ask yourself:

  • What am I grateful for today?
  • Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
  • What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
  • How am I getting outside today?
  • How and I moving my body today?
  • What beauty am I creating, cultivating, or inviting in today?

Please share your responses below in the comment field.


Here are mine:

What am I grateful for today?
I am grateful for my health and the sweet network of friends helping to keep me in the moment.

Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
Today I have phone dates with my old college roommate Melissa and my friend Judith.

What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
I try not to think about Normal right now. When it sneaks into my thoughts, I remind myself to be present and just right here.

How am I getting outside today?
Hoping to take a short walk in the woods this afternoon.

How and I moving my body today?
Yoga this morning at 4, PT exercises for my knee a little later.

What beauty am I creating, cultivating, or inviting in today?
I find I keep saying the Serenity Prayer, not so much to keep me calm, but to remind myself what I can change (me) and what I can’t change (everything else).

Please be well and stay safe.

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  1. What am I grateful for today? Connecting with other bloggers like yourself.
    Who am I checking in on or connecting with today? You and other bloggers, especially, but also family and a few friends.
    What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today? That I’ll be going out for breakfast as I do sometimes on the weekend.
    How am I getting outside today? With it raining, I’m not really sure, but if there’s a break here, I’ll try.
    How and I moving my body today? Some exercises for my left knee, on which I had arthroscopic surgery last October and which is still healthy.
    What beauty am I creating, cultivating, or inviting in today? Washing a few dishes to help my wife.

    1. Hi Bryan. Thanks for commenting – good to hear from a fellow blogger! Hope you had a nice weekend and are prepared for another week of Where We Are Right Now. Take care. : )

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