Currently: quarantined and coping

So things have gotten a little bit weird in this world of ours. It’s scary and strange, and I hope dearly that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy in mind, body, and spirit. 

These days, COVID-19 concerns have us sheltering in place, and it’s all got an eerie dystopian feeling about it.

But our family is blessed with good health for our loved ones and ourselves, and I’m so grateful for that. And we’re fortunate to be able to work from home. And yet, there are worries and concerns, because this thing ain’t over yet. 

What are you doing that’s helping you through this?

For me, it’s…

  • Sheltering with the Dear Man and our goofy cat
  • Long conversations with my inner circle
  • Being able to work & having plenty of work to do
  • Running
  • Seeing so many people being their best selves — it does the heart good
  • Essential oils (the soothing blend and the allergy blend and sometimes the Christmas season blend)
  • The light therapy lamp
  • Evening walks through our neighborhood (greeting the neighbors as we skirt one another at a wide distance)
  • Reading comfort books before sleep (The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King — because really, how stressed out can a person be when reading about Mister Rogers? And also reading Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb, which is so riveting that I understand why it showed up on so many people’s Best of 2019 lists)
  • Frequent planking (you can just throw yourself down on the floor and plank anytime you want to, when you’re working from home and wearing athleisure — and I gotta say, it helps with stress)

  • Sparkle lights
  • Daily counting of blessings

How are you coping with this new situation? And please let me know: are you and your family safe and well?

6 thoughts on “Currently: quarantined and coping

  1. Haha, you got me with “frequent planking”! Gonna’ have to try that one. Glad you’re hanging in there. It does feel all kinds of eerie and dystopian right now.

  2. I might have to try planking. We are safe and well at my house. My three teenage daughters are home with me right now because all of us have no school until at least April 13 (I’m almost positive that will be extended). My senior daughter has come to terms with the fact that her last few months of high school were definitely not what we had planned. My husband is still going to work each day….I’m not thrilled with this, but his office has only six or seven people total in it, and he has his own office so I’m hopeful that he is about as secluded as he can be. I wish I felt more like reading, but I’ve found it very hard to concentrate.

    • Tina — So glad you and your family are safe. I’m feeling sad for your senior daughter — what a disappointing way to round out her high school years. I hope your desire to read returns in time to be of comfort. I’ve been finding it tough to sit still long enough to read, too. Wishing you continued safety and wellness —

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