With the Covid 19 pandemic foremost in our minds and actions, we’re all taking steps to protect our families and ourselves do we “flatten the curve.” Now more than ever, though, we need ways to manage the ongoing stress and cope with being home-bound.

My wife Kristina and I have been talking about the changes we’re making as we all adjust to social distancing, isolation, uncertainty and a general anxiety and fear about our health and security… about how they are impacting us and our son Lucas psychologically and physically.

I’ve noticed people in public being polite but subdued. Folks look stressed because, well, they are. I personally notice that I feel off kilter, a little unsure of how to go about my day.

It’s as though someone removed the lane markers and the road signs on the highway and, even though we’re still barreling ahead, it’s unclear what the rules of the road are.

Of course neurodiverse people experience similar feelings, just maybe with a different frame and ways of processing and coping.

HBR published an article this week explaining what we may be experiencing: The Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief

One thing Kristina and I have noticed is that, every time we go for a walk or hike, exercise or are otherwise active, we feel renewed, lighter and more at ease… more in control. Lucas clearly does, too.

It’s important to acknowledge our thoughts and feelings about the grief we’re going through with honesty and compassion. It’s equally important to give our bodies the opportunity to release pent up energy and find balance. Physical activity can help counter- balance the grief… for all of us!

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