Updated: Aug 29, 2020
Murphy's Law seems to be the theme of 2020. I have never been so broke, depressed, or lost in my life! Before it all hit the fan, I was gearing up to have my most successful year to date. My business was thriving, I was in the studio everyday, and I was about to sign some major deals. Since COVID, I lost 100% of my income and clients for Parke Ave, and had to move back in with my parents for the first time in a decade. YIKES.
Thankfully, my situation has majorly improved since then but it wasn't easy. Below are some tips that have helped me get through the darker days and I hope they help you too. Remember, you are not alone. 😘
Times are borderline unbearable right now. Anxiety is no longer something that only a few people can relate to, we're all feeling it.
Podcasts/Audiobooks: Listen to a podcast or audiobook that is positive, funny, or about something that really interests you. The only rule is NO NEWS. For podcasts, I recommend these shows: Every Little Thing, Bananas, or DWM Talks, Disgraceland, The Purrrcast and more. I use Spotify because they have playlists with various shows with similar topics but you can also listen on Google Play, iTunes, or wherever you get your music. For audiobooks, I use Audible. (I recommend Kevin Hart's new book 'The Decision')
Expand You Mind: From my experience, being productive is the best remedy for feeling low. Learn or try something new like a workout, recipe, or creative endeavor. What's something that you've always wanted to do? I've always wanted to know more about photography, so I recently bought the Sony A6000 and LOVE IT. There's something special about a camera because it allows me to leave my phone at home so I can explore without interruptions. Which leads me to the next activity...
Explore: Now is the time to go visit every single history marker in your state. Even if you've lived in the same place your entire life, I guarantee there are still sights to see and destinations to discover. I love to throw on a podcast and walk/drive until I find a spot that entices me. I've discovered some amazing lookouts and always feel rejuvenated after some fresh air and a nice view. (Don't forget your mask!)
Phone A Friend: Even if you feel crazy or stupid and don't want to "bother" anyone with your problems, just remember, WE ARE ALL FEELING IT. You are not crazy. This is INSANE and traumatic. Don't know what to say? Try these: 'Hey, wanna FT? Today's a rough one' or 'I've been thinking about you, down to FT and swap COVID stories?' It really does help!
Sleep Meditation: When all else fails, sleep it off. I've been listening to a lot of guided sleep meditations and I highly recommend them. I use Spotify and suggest Sleep Cove.
I hope these help but please feel free to reach out with any questions or suggestions of ways you've been coping!