I generally try to avoid looking at the news. I'm easily effected by the constant negativity and feelings of helplessness by not being able to do anything about what media is reporting. While i generally am a bit under-informed this very personal decision to avoid the news greatly increases my mental health. I guess i knew things were getting serious when even that didn't stop me from hearing about the virus. Like many of you, i started hearing about all the panic buying, school and businesses closing. and all the reminders to wash your hands. I have to admit, at first i was pretty scared. Thankfully though i have wonderful people in my life that shared with me news that was informative, that help me see that i wasn't helpless. There were things i could do about it. That while i should be cautious and careful i didn't need to be scared. Quoting what was shared before "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how I react to it" This was so true for me. The reality of what is happening hasn't changed but how it effects me has. This was especially well timed as on top of the virus a earthquake occurred on Wednesday. As i fight to stay positive and not overwhelmed I've tried to remember all the good things i do have, and i hope others are able to do the same.