In Times of Isolation, Fear and Anxiety - What Tools Do I Have?
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
If ever there was a more important time in our lives to embrace our 12th step it would be now. The majority of us are dealing with isolation, fear and anxiety. I feel we are blessed with these powerful tools that we can apply in our lives. Our main foundation, steps 1, 2 & 3 we accept we are powerless over what is happening in the world right now believing in a greater plan and trust the higher plan will keep us anchored.
I have found that just by acknowledging my fears and talking or writing about them that somehow it loosens the grip that it has on me. Through this practice, I am able to gain control over it, rather than allowing it to control me. Fear is often an opportunity to rise to higher place if you make the conscious effort to acknowledge its presence. I have found that walking through my fear has often been a stepping stone in my personal growth. I am not seeking faith without experiencing fear.
Spiritually speaking - what you give, you will get back in return. Below are some tools that will help you get what you need in times of isolation, fear and anxiety:
Connect with nature. Make the effort to get outside and take a walk, ride your bike, or just walk around your yard.
Get at least twenty minutes of sunshine each day.
Exercise a couple of times a week. Force yourself even if you don't want to. Even if its just getting outside and walking like mentioned under #1.
Laugh, reach out to people that can make you smile or watch a funny show or reflect on some of the funniest times of your life.
Make the effort to get to Zoom meetings. If you don't know how to do it, ask for help. People love to help and they are a great way to both stay connected to people you know, but also meet new people from around the globe.
Call your support people. Your sponsor, friends, family, counselor or therapist if you have one.
Stay hydrated - drink lots of water or other healthy beverages throughout the day.
Meditate and be mindful of deep breathing. If you have a higher power take the time to LISTEN.
If you have a higher power, pray.
Help someone else - but be SAFE. Call a friend, call your mom or dad, do a drive by honking your horn and sending love. Plant a flower in someones back yard. Check in on an elderly neighbor. Bring a smile to another persons face. Be available for step-work.
Finally, know that you are not alone and that men and women everywhere are experiencing the same thing and that together we will get through this.