I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with today’s post considering the state of the world right now but I am going to honestly share what’s on my heart and mind. Warning- there may be a bit of a rant involved. If you aren’t interested, skip to the bottom to read about my favorite ways to cope with the current situation.
First, thanks for stopping by! It seems that people are not coping with the world events by reading blogs or Pinterest. My views and stats are way down! I don’t really get too wrapped up in the stats anyway- I do this for fun. And I don’t blame you if you have turned away from blogs for a bit. I’m sick and tired of having my own feed filled with people telling me what to do with my free time at home. WHAT FREE TIME? I started teleworking on Monday and my days have been pretty full for those eight hours of work time. I’m still doing much of what I would be doing in the office and still making contacts with people- just virtually instead of face to face and from home instead of the office. I’ve gained maybe an hour of time by not having to drive to and from the office. I’ve chosen to get 20-30 minutes of extra sleep each morning and I’ve been cleaning out my closet and switching to spring items in the evenings, which is something I would be doing this time of year anyway.
And for all the people that suddenly have kids at home to homeschool and feed and now have to cook 2-3 meals a day and wash all the extra dishes, what free time did anyone gain by staying home???!!! It might seem at face value that you have some “free time” but let’s be real and honest. I bet you don’t have free time, just a different set of responsibilities. And if suddenly you do have free time, good for you! (If your free time is due to loss of your job and income, that’s not good and I pray you will be back to work soon.) I’m not going to tell you that you have to paint your nails, organize every room in the house, etc etc. We are adults and we should know how to occupy time and what to do at home vs going somewhere. I will say this- Please stay busy enough to keep stress and anxiety at bay and also get some rest. It’s okay to chill sometimes, but strike a happy balance.
Having said all of that, my first week of staying home and full quarantine hasn’t been that bad. I’ve still gotten up early every morning, exercised, and dressed with makeup and hair done. Since my work now involves virtual face to face contacts and video conferences, sitting around in pajamas and bedhead isn’t an option. I’m not wearing the same suits I would wear to the office. I am wearing jeans with nice tops and cardigans or toppers that are presentable on video.
We really are homebodies and introverts, so the only thing we are missing is church and Bible study and a few meals out here and there with close friends. Our families live two hours away so we didn’t see them frequently during normal times. I’ve always worked out at home so I’m not missing a gym. I’m too self conscious and stingy, I mean frugal, to go to a gym anyway. It’s free to run and work out at home (and no one can watch me do the moves wrong, ha!). The only regular salon service I receive is a hair cut and color and I stopped coloring my roots a couple of years ago (just highlights) so my hair will be fine too. Staying home has not turned my world upside down. The more simple of a life you live, the less invasive these situations are.
That doesn’t mean I’m not concerned over the current world situation. I am. I’m not insensitive to those that have been majorly affected or had to make major life changes. I know some have had to make significant lifestyle changes and it can be stressful. The news is so frustrating and there is so much conflicting information. I was doing really well and staying positive until yesterday morning and then I began to unravel. My husband sent me this video about sanitizing the things you bring home from the grocery store. I now foresee what our next shopping trip will entail upon our return. I love my husband and I appreciate his usual preparedness and diligence but sometimes he can be the worrier and it can be a bit too much. While I have been sanitizing the packages and boxes delivered to our home, I just don’t know if we need to take it this far. There is always a certain amount of germs involved in every day life. If you over sanitize, that can be a bad thing too. JUST WASH YOUR HANDS, and with soap and water, not froofy Bath and Body Works sanitizer. Is this virus really that potent that I should decon every single thing? I don’t know, thanks to all the reports ranging from people testing positive with no symptoms to people dying.
What I do know is that the hobbies, activities, and routines I already had in place are what help me cope. If you are in need of implementing some things to help create a routine and to help you cope, consider these things:
1- Water- Drink plenty of water. Not only will it keep your skin hydrated and keep wrinkles at bay or camouflaged, it will help keep you from getting sick. A well hydrated body can fight off illness better than one that’s not hydrated.
2- Exercise– I’ve discovered a whole new bank of workouts with this instagrammer- dmirgonfit21. I am loving her HIIT workouts and they are challenging me in new ways. Just don’t overdue exercise if you are just getting started. Over training can weaken the immune system too.
3. Reading– I am continuing to read and listen to audio books. There is nothing better to me than getting lost in a good story about another life or character. Books can be a great distraction from stressful situations. I’ve been taking a lunch break during my work day at home and I read some then, the same as I would if I were at the office and didn’t have any errands to run. I recently found this site that will suggest another book for you based on one you read and liked. Modern Mrs. Darcy is one of my favorite blogs for keeping up with all things book related. Try Kindle Unlimited for one month free- many selections have both the ebook and audio book included. Check out my book reviews for more suggestions on what to read.
4. Exercising and practicing my faith – That’s a tough one sometimes. I posted this on instagram Sunday about being slow to speak, slow to anger and I was really tested on that yesterday. After the grocery video, my spouse continued to get on my nerves and I had to ask myself, was it him or my building anxiety? I wanted to lash out but I decided to keep my mouth shut. I discovered Writing the Word resources last month and started with the plan on Ruth. Now I’m on Matthew. No real order to which plan I follow, just what I feel led to read and write. I have a some extra space in my planner where I write my verses each day. If you really want to study the Word, write it down! Even just a little time in His Word daily keeps me grounded.
5- Practicing affirmations. I don’t go overboard with this and there was a time when I would have thought affirmations were rubbish, but there have been times when they have really worked. Just something simple like “Today is a good day.” “I am positive and productive.” I first gave some thought to affirmations when I read “The Miracle Morning” last year.