We are navigating unchartered territory with the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 and each of us are trying to process situations and feelings our brains don’t understand how to process.
For me, the past few weeks have been a whirlwind of emotions as I’ve tried to understand what is happening in the world and what that means for me and my family. Overnight, I became a school teacher to my four children and it’s been a rollercoaster trying to figure out some kind of schedule/routine that works for this unique time.
To be honest, I have loved some of this. Slowing down, my littlest climbing into bed with me every morning for snuggles, spontaneous late-night charades, long bike rides, daily meditation and yoga as a family.
And, also to be honest, some of this has been SO HARD. I’m an anxious person anyway, and the unknown aspect of this situation along with the worry of keeping my family healthy and how the pandemic will affect the economy and ALL THE THINGS has thrown me for a loop.
Maybe you’re in the same boat?
I have been so grateful for others who are sharing their feelings and strategies during this time, giving me a roadmap of sorts to help me navigate it, too.
One of the things that has really helped me is listening to some of my favorite podcasts, and I wanted to share some of the best episodes to help you havigate this crazy time as well.
If you have a podcast episode to add to the list, please share in the comments below! We can all help each other out during these difficult and uncertain times.
If you’re new to podcasts…
…it’s so easy to start listening! Most podcasters post about one 30-60 minute episode per week and you can find them on a variety of apps. The most common Podcast apps are Google Podcasts (this is what I use), Apple Podcasts, and Spotify but there are a ton of options so you can find an interface that works for you.
5 Things To Do When You Feel Like You Are Going To Spontaneously Combust
3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms episode 122
3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms with Rachel Nielsen is probably my favorite podcast. I love the easy-to-follow structure, relevant content, and Rachel is so fun to listen to! I often come away feeling like she created that episode just for me. This particular episode features Alison Faulkner and gives some really practical tips for managing anxiety during this interesting season of life.
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Brooke Snow Podcast episode 69
If you’re looking for a little calm and perspective in life, Brooke Snow is your gal. I enjoy her podcasts and usually walk away with some sort of “AHA” moment, and I recently signed up for her 40 day Christian meditation course as well which has literally changed my life and has been such a blessing during these times of uncertainty. This particular podcast episode brought some much-needed clarity to current circumstances, and it’s a quick 23-minute listen so it’s easy to squeeze in 🙂
It’s going to be ok! managing worry and doubt during distressing times
The Virtual Couch episode 193
Tony Overbay is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who tackles mental health topics on his podcast The Virtual Couch. I’ve been tuning in to his podcasts for several months now and have loved his approachable and easy-to-understand take on mental health. This particular episode was created specifically with COVID-19 quarantine in mind, and has some great tips and takeaways to reassure you and help you navigate this unique situation.
Prioritizing Progress Over Perfection
The Shameless Mom Academy episode 427 with Monica Packer
This past week, I read a thought on Instagram (and I wish I could remember who said it so I could give them credit) which pointed out that there are times in life for Thriving, and other times for Surviving. Of course, thriving is optimal but sometimes it’s enough just to show up for another day of survival, and that’s OK. This might be one of those days so if you’re not thriving, maybe settle for some imperfection right now and simply try to get yourself moving in the right direction.
What we’re doing to survive this coronavirus weirdness
3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms episode 123
Another recent 3 in 30 podcast favorite, this episode features snippets from the host Rachel Nielsen along with 3 of her team members of the podcast. Each of them share a few of their experiences during the quarantine and ways they’re managing their kids and their mental health.
Did you listen to any of these podcasts? Do you have another favorite to share? We would love to hear about it in the comments!
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