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A letter to the Burgundy Wave community in light of COVID-19

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How we can support each other over the next few weeks.

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We live in interesting times, don’t we? It feels like COVID-19 has taken over our lives, from the news to social media to our jobs. While some people are still going into work or working from home, many people aren’t working right now and have found themselves without much to do.

Obviously, this site revolves around soccer and the Colorado Rapids. We are about five days into Major League Soccer’s 30-day break, although the CDC now recommends cancelling events of more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks, so we may be looking at a couple of months without our Burgundy Boys.

But if I have learned one thing over the years as a soccer fan, it’s that we are much like a family around here. Yes, we argue and disagree, but we also support each other in times of need.

And that’s what I see BW as during this time—a place for Rapids’ fans to come together. We are still planning to put out content on a regular basis and have brainstormed some fun ideas, like what soccer movies you should watch and what the best Rapids XI of all time might be. We will also be publishing an interview with Nicolas Benezet that Brian Jennings got in right before the break was announced.

If you are feeling anxiety and uncertainty right now, know that you aren’t alone. (Well, you might actually be alone because of social distancing, but you know what I mean.)

A few things that might help include:

  • Take breaks from the news and social media
  • FaceTime/Skype/Zoom with friends
  • Focus on one moment, one hour, one day at a time—and only what you can control (there is a lot that is out of our control right now)
  • Read a book
  • Cut yourself some slack—we’ve never experienced anything like this before
  • Take a walk or go for a hike or bike ride
  • Just go sit outside in the sun. Fresh air and sunshine will help.
  • Practice yoga at home (my yoga studio is offering donation-based classes on YouTube but I also love Kindness Yoga, another local studio, and they’re streaming classes online, too)
  • Try meditating (my favorite apps are Headspace and 1GiantMind) or at least just take a couple of deep breaths if you start to feel yourself getting worked up.
  • Ask for help if you need something. We’re all in this together.
  • Catch up on your favorite TV show, binge on a new one, or watch old soccer games
  • Challenge your friends to a FIFA tournament
  • Make a list of everything that is still going well in your life or that you are thankful for (it might seem silly, but being grateful works!)
  • Talk to someone: relatives, friends, therapist, religious leader, etc.
  • Join the #StayatHomeChallenge
  • Listen to your favorite album

Take care of yourselves and if you have any other suggestions for coping with our new world over the next couple of months or ideas for what kind of content you’d like to see, please share in the comments!