E is for Empower in the A to Z Challenge


Empower: make (someone) stronger and more confident, especially in controlling their life and claiming their rights.

It seems the theme of my A to Z Blogging Challenge is swiftly changing from “Venture Outside of your Comfort Zone” to maybe tips on “Trying to keep your sh*t together in the pandemic”  I am willing to go with that.

Part of the national anxiety is the fact that we really can’t control our lives right now. Especially Americans, which I guess would be the majority of my little readership, who have pretty much the freedom to do what we want, when we want.  Now that has been *taken away* for most of us.

We also have this invisible virus which might be around us, or already in us that we can’t see or react to. We can’t control if or when we contract this illness that we don’t know much about.

How to Empower Yourself in April

Take control of items you know you can control. Like cleaning your house. Decluttering. This can give you a sense of accomplishment.

Switch off the news. You can hear about Covid-10 24/7 and that really can be upsetting. I turned off the constant Dow Jones update-the huge swings made me anxious. There’s nothing I can do about the state of the economy. It’s easier just to check in at the end of the trading day and get the news, good or bad.

Focus on the positive. For  me, at least, in Ohio, spring is arriving. The greening of the landscape has begun. The daffodils are up!

daffodils and garden boots

Start a challenge. I’ve got several. Ride my bike 2020 miles in 2020. My positive affirmation card. My A-Z blogging challenge. My “ride every day outside in April” challenge.

Hang in there!!

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