Habits For Coping During the Coronavirus Pandemic – 091


In episode 91, we are talking about habits for coping during the coronavirus pandemic.  This global pandemic is the thing that is on everyone’s mind right now, and we want to be of service in the way that we know how.

Jenny and I recorded this episode on Tuesday March 17, 2020. Things are evolving very quickly but the current situation is, I think for all of us, uncharted territory that is scary and uncertain.

“Fear is useful. It’s the most primitive of emotions and therefore the most road-tested. Fear helps us prepare and protect ourselves from danger. And it’s necessary to get millions of people to kick themselves into gear, do the smart thing, stay home and check in on loved ones.”  – Mark Manson

So if you are feeling scared…..know that it’s normal and that fear is there to protect you. Know that we are all feeling it and we can work as a community to take care of each other and offer comfort where it is needed.

It feels a bit as though we are in the Upside Down. As we ride this thing out together (you know, alone in our homes), Jenny and I want to share with you some of our ideas for how to get through this, and we hope you’ll reach out to us with any ideas that you might have.

As you know, we talk about habits and we know that in times of uncertainty, your habits can ground you. So in this episode… we want to share some ideas about some habits that you can adopt in the midst of these strange days to help you calm anxiety, take care of yourself and your family and control what you can as you navigate fear and change.    


Tune in and Listen Below



What You’ll Hear (and don’t want to miss!)


0:09: Intro: 

0:59:Jenny and I share some ideas about some habits for coping during the coronavirus pandemic.  We discuss some ideas and habits that you can adopt in the midst of these strange days to help you calm anxiety, take care of yourself and your family and control what you can as you navigate fear and change.

27:31: Outro      


Resources + Links Mentioned in This Episode:

Peggy and Jenny


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Intelligent Change:  Introduction to the 5 Minute Journal and Layout

Book: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity

App: Calm: Free Resource page that they put out for this challenging time.

App: Headspace:  Free Resources for this challenging time

Podcast: Brooke Castillo

Podcast: Rob Bell

My instagram page if you want to see #hallwayworkouts

Yoga with Adrienne

Power Yoga Canada

Book: Tara Mohr- Playing Big

Caremongering: go to Facebook and search for this word in to find a group in your area.


Share your thoughts… We’d love to hear from you!


What was your biggest take away from this episode? Have you taken on any new habits for coping during the coronavirus pandemic? 

We don’t know how long these events will last or what our new normal will be like when we get to the other side, but Jenny and I will be here each week sharing what we feel is helpful for us….and hopefully you will find it helpful too.

Please reach out to us and ask us questions or share stories of how you are navigating this time and let us know if you have any ideas or thoughts for how people can stay connected, calm anxiety and focus on what they can control.

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The Improvement Project podcast is hosted by Dr. Peggy Malone and Jenny Couse.  Peggy is a health care provider who encourages her patients every day to create better habits associated with their health and wellness.  She is wife to the hilarious and heavily bearded John, with whom she takes many adventures as well as Cat Mom to the floofy ragdoll Amigo Dr. Peggy is also a human being on a mission to create better habits for herself and by doing so, she hopes to inspire others to take up the challenge with her!  Jenny is a marketing professional in the international trade sector.  She and her husband Jeff are parents to hilarious 6 year old Ethan.  Her year of monthly habit resolutions in 2015 piqued her interests in how habits are created and best kept.

Join them weekly to explore how to create healthy habits that stick on the journey to becoming better humans!



Until next time,


Let’s get to work on improving your most important project.  That’s YOU!  Stay focused and get after it!

Thank you so much for listening.

Big Love,

Peggy and Jenny