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Staying Sane While Staying Isolated

No, I swear to God I’m not going to talk about eating celery instead of chocolate while we’re experiencing this incredibly stressful time. You do you. But in addition to making desperate online searches for toilet paper, here are some stress-relieving options you may want to consider, especially if you’re pretty much stuck at home:

KEEP SOME SEMBLANCE OF STRUCTURE

  • Don’t spend the day in your pajamas

  • Limit screen time

  • Learn something new

RATCHET DOWN THE ANXIETY

  • Spend time with friends by calling them (teach your kids that their phones actually can function as phones). Go through your contact list and make contact!

  • Limit the amount of news you watch, listen to, or read. It’s making us crazy.

  • Read all those books you haven’t had time to read.

  • Cook more. This is good to do with kids, too. Depending on their ages, they can pour, measure, cut, &/or cook. It’s a great way to teach them fractions.

  • Dust off your board games

  • Try guided meditation (my favorite website, which is free,  is https://www.tarabrach.com/guided-meditations/

  • Try a yoga app (my daughter Joanna’s favorite is https://www.downdogapp.com

  • Watch baseball games. Oh, wait, sorry.

STAY ACTIVE

  • Play in the dirt. Now’s such a good time to clean up the garden and plant early seeds. I’ve just planted my first Victory Garden –peas, lettuce, spinach, kale, etc.

  • Walk in a park. I think this is safe as long as you can keep at least 2 meters away from everyone else who’s there.

  • If you like using gym equipment and don’t have any at home, try exercise bands &/or hand weights. There are a ton of websites to demonstrate how to use them correctly and optimally.

We’re all in this together. Actually, we’ve always been in this together, but now we realize it. Maybe that will help us kinder. But at least I hope I’ve helped you be calmer.