I am creating this list both to share with all of you and to remind myself in the long days ahead when having everyone at home will start getting overwhelming.
- If you live with others, take this time to truly enjoy the company. I have the feeling that this is a make or break time for a lot of relationships. Keep the communication flowing, let the little things go, and find the humor whenever possible.
- Keep moving. Get fresh air if you are able to, get some kind of exercise routine going for you and your family, if you have one. I like putting music on and dancing like a fool and doing workouts at home anyway. My son’s karate is live streaming his classes and he has P.E. recommendations that I participated in with both kids tonight.
- Get done those organizational or cleaning or yard projects that you have been putting off. Today I realized that light fixtures in the bathroom aren’t actually frosted like I thought… oops.
- Consume media that you wouldn’t normally do. Project Gutenberg is a great resource for free books (though throw them a donation if you can). Try to learn something you’ve never learned before.
- Create as much as you can, in any way as you can. The creative process keeps you happy and healthy.
- Take the time to get to know yourself as you currently are. As you can handle this, of course. There is so much opportunity to really grow through all of this.
- Stay connected to other loved ones as much as possible through phone calls and video chats. Check on people. This is tough when you have kids you are trying to manage through school work and not destroying your home, doubly so if you are trying to work at home on top of it, but even if it’s just a couple people a day, it will make a difference to both you and them.
- Stay connected in your community if you can, and help those that you can as opportunities present itself.
- Do something kind for yourself every day, and do a teeny random act of kindness for each person in your household.
I am a creature of action, and I refuse to allow this time of social distancing to bring me to my knees. I know many people are trying to cocoon themselves, and by all means, do what you must for your well being. But we owe it to ourselves and each other not to succumb to apathy and neglect. Take care of you, take care of your loved ones, and let love win over fear.
Do any of you have big projects you are tackling or tricks to keeping yourself sane in this time? Please share them with me!