These coronavirus tips aren’t about how to survive the horrible illness itself, but more about the circumstances they create. What makes me qualified to talk about this? Living for more than a year in a rural area as a stay-at-home mom and living a mostly socially isolated life. I’m writing these tips for you as much as a reminder to myself. Sometimes you just need some inspiration and reminders of positive actions to take after you are done with bingeing on junk food and Netflix, amiright?
My Best Coronavirus Tips
- Have regular tidy up time throughout the day. This will help you feel in control. Even if it’s only 5 minutes at a time. After several tidy up sessions, you will start to see the impact it’s making.
- Clean. Cleaning is gratifying in and of itself and keeping you and your family safe from harmful germs and viruses is of course a necessity always. You will get the satisfaction of seeing the difference your efforts make.
- Manage your emotions. If you are feeling tired, lonely, depressed, anxious, etc. Say so. Then move . Dance, sing, go for a walk, do a workout. It will help your emotions to move through youo.
- Do what you can do . I love this quote “Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t. “
- Write letters. Who doesn’t love to get mail?
- Video chats. You’d be surprised and how uplifting these can actually be!
- Call people. Don’t wait for them to call you. Trust me they were truly hoping for a phone call and will be so glad you did.
- Get creative, use what you have. You don’t have to go to the store and buy new things to be creative. Use what you have!
- Declutter. Use the lens, if I’m not using it now when I have more time on my hands than when?
- Decorate . Again, use what you have. Pick flowers from your garden. Paint a picture and re-suse a frame. Display some pretty books.
- Meal plan. For many of us we have more time to spend in the kitchen. Try to use up your pantry and cook creatively.
- Make a new routine and accept and adjust as needed. Accept that this is life right now and try to find way to enjoy it and make sure you meet your needs. It doesn’t have to be a strict routine but one that can keep you on track. You will find that even following it loosely makes a difference.
- Write. Start a blog. Start writing that book you’ve been wanting to write. Write a poem.
- Read. Catch up on all those books your friends have been telling you about. Read a self-help book about an area of your life you need to improve in. It’s always a great time to learn something new.
- Get outside. I’ve been trying to walk a little after each meal. It’s great to get some fresh air and sunshine, and take in nature’s beauty.
- Move. Like I said above, you gotta move your body to help your mind. Keep it fun, you don’t need to learn how to do burpess right now unless that sets your heart on fire.
- Reward yourself. For every positive, healthy behavior you engage in, put a marble in a jar. When it’s full, reward yourself with a new tool that will help advance you toward your goals.
- Delight in the mundane. There are things that simply must be done. Dishes and laundry. Make it fun with music, an audiobook , or podcast.
- Take pictures and save to a special folder on your phone. When we are out of this nightmare make a photobook so you can look back and say “look what I did”
- Bake. Learn to bake bread. Bake cookies. Bake biscotti. Make a cake for no reason.
Clutterbug talks about having 12 things to focus on to keep you on track. https://castbox.fm/x/id65
What are you all doing to stay sane?