Surviving and Thriving During a Pandemic

The Coronavirus Pandemic
I’m a very energetic, always on the go kind of person. The idea of being stuck at home for any length of time is like my worst nightmare. And I love my home.

The problem is simple.

I can’t diet, because then food is all I think about. I can’t give up something, because then I start to obsess about that item day and night. And I can’t be quarantined, because then I feel excruciatingly trapped. All I can think about is going somewhere, anywhere. Just get me out of here!

So imagine my surprise, just like all of yours, when suddenly I find myself in the midst of a pandemic.

I didn’t pay attention to the Coronavirus news at first. I don’t tend to freak out about most things in the news, because I actively avoid the news altogether. I don’t like to know about every negative thing. It totally stresses me out, and I prefer to focus on the good in the world.

Ignoring things does not make them go away.

I’m a teacher used to the exhausting schedule of spending eight hours a day with one hundred and fifty plus teenagers, coming home to my own two elementary aged children, a fiance, and a cat who are all vying for my attention at once. Add in the blog and the business I am building, and you can imagine how crazy my days usually are.

Then suddenly, my state urges us all to practice social distancing, and to stay home whenever possible. They close all the schools, restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters. I literally felt tears forming when I saw that the library and my salon had been added to the ever-growing list of closures.

Seriously, no books and now I can’t cover up my roots. This is getting to be too much. What am I even supposed to do now?

I need to be busy. It’s just who I am.

But here’s the thing. This is bigger than me. This is bigger than all of us.

The virus is here now. Right outside my doors. It is virtually everywhere at this point. If it isn’t right outside your doors yet, it will be soon.

So what can we all do to get through this pandemic safely and continue to enjoy our lives?

What to Do at Home During Coronavirus
1 Take a Deep Breath and Don’t Panic.

This is a very unique experience for most of us. We are used to living with a lot of freedom and safety in our lives, and suddenly those things seem to be gone. But panicking and buying all the toilet paper in your city will not make anything better. It will not make the virus go away, and it will only make it harder for everyone else to get what they need too. Just breathe. It will be okay, and things will go back to normal eventually.

2 Take Care of Your Physical and Mental Health.

It is always important that you prioritize your health, but it is especially important now. Drink filtered water, eat whole foods, get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, and write down or talk about your feelings. Binge eating junk food, staying up late, and bottling up your emotions will only make things worse for your body and your mind. So drink a glass of kombucha and do some yoga already.

3 Set a Daily Schedule and Stick to It.

This is incredibly important. It will really come in hand if you are suddenly working from home or staying home with kids once the schools in your area have closed. Getting into a normal routine will help you feel in control and productive. Anything you can do to bring normalcy into your life now is beneficial.

4 Reach Out to Others.

Remember that you are not alone. Everyone in the world is getting affected by this one way or another. Reach out to people in your community, talk about your feelings, share advice, and offer to help each other out. Pay close attention to those who are more vulnerable to this virus, and see how you can make a difference for them. Deliver groceries to their front porch, connect them with resources in your area, trade items you have for items you need, or help them out financially if you are able to.

5 Enjoy the Extra Time You Have With Your Loved Ones.

Instead of racing from one obligation to the next, we are now being asked to shelter in place. This is the perfect time to really enjoy some quality time with our family and friends. Have deep conversations, learn new things about each other, cuddle, or play games together. Pretend like it’s the 1980s and make actual phone calls, so you can hear each other’s voices. Use this time to reconnect with those who are most important to you.

6 Focus on the Positives.

Whenever you feel like you are surrounded by chaos, focus on the positives. Our lives are filled with negativity when we look for negativity, and our lives are filled with blessings when we look for blessings. If you are alive today, healthy, surrounded by people you love, in a safe place, and you have food to eat, those are your blessings. Place your attention here, and everything will be better.

7 Ask for Help if You Need It.

Businesses are closing down and people are suddenly finding themselves out of work or making significantly less pay as a result of this virus. There is no reason to be embarrassed. If you need help right now, ask for it. There are a lot of awesome companies donating food and supplies, continuing to pay their employees while they stay home, and sharing resources to help others. Help those you can help, and ask others for what you need.

8 Do All the Things You Never Have Time For.

Being stuck at home can be a good thing. Read that dusty stack of books you have been meaning to get to. Finish that home improvement project that is halfway done. Order prints or photo books and get your memories out of the cloud and into your home. Try a new recipe. Learn a new language. Take an online class. Just do something you have been wanting to do, but have never had the time to do it.

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