Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
I interact with hundreds of patients each week (under normal circumstances though less during the crisis obviously) and get asked a lot of questions. On Fridays I like to share some of the answers I give and hope it has value for you.
A piece of advice I’d recommend during quarantine? Have you ever noticed that the more you sit around and do nothing the more restless you become? I believe that relaxing is something that should be earned and is appreciated far more when it is. Therefore, my advice is to make sure you are physically exerting your body daily – running, walking, pushups, weights, yoga, whatever. This gives you a feeling of accomplishment and after you’ve done this, THEN you can relax. Done in this fashion, it will feel like a reward rather than a lack of productivity.
A concern I have going forward? Have you ever seen someone that has lost their nerve or confidence in a major way? If so, you understand how someone can quickly and completely change. My fear as the quarantine ends is that a great many people will not rebound. They will remain afraid, lose motivation, never get past what has happened and wake up years later still blaming past circumstances for lack of personal results. It’s a trying time for sure but life is too short to spend it in neutral fretting about the past.
Something nice I’ve seen recently? I went to one of my favorite places in Littleton to grab some takeout for lunch this week. I started chatting with the employee as I waited for my food and he said business is way down – some days he doesn’t get paid after driving from Denver and they are serving maybe 10 tickets in a day when that number is over 100 in normal times. Then after telling me that he began to tell me how the owner has begun serving meals to people in the community that are in need right now. I was really impressed by this. Even in their toughest time, they are taking the time to give back to the community that has supported them for so many years. I respect the heck out of that. (By the way, if you like Middle Eastern food, check out Damascus Grill in Littleton by my office or in Castle Rock!)
Something I’ve been doing that’s helping? I’ve really focused on getting rid of sources of negativity and it’s made a tremendous difference. I’ve stopped watching the news by and large (I get some updates but don’t tune in much) because it’s just the same stuff again and again. I also avoid talking and texting with the people that bum me out with all their doom and gloom. In place of the sources of negativity I simply insert the opposites – I talk more to positive people and watch/read more of what is uplifting. I never hide from reality, but I do not waste time dwelling on the negative aspects of things I cannot control.
Some quotes I love? “Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Ben Franklin
“In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway.” – Bear Bryant
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