Some people say it isn’t as bad as the media is saying. Some say it is worse. You are in charge of your own person so it is up to each and every one of us to find our comfort zone in regards to the COVID 19 Pandemic. And yes, they have said it is a pandemic.
I am NOT in the medical profession and am in no way an expert. I do have family members who are in the medical profession or who have expertise in various medical areas and I am listening to their advice as well. But when it comes down to it it is a personal decision. I am exercising caution and trying to just be smart. Social distancing is the practice of staying safe by avoiding large groups, closing buildings and canceling events. That is happening all over with a lot of groups and organizations. We had a concert we were attending cancel earlier in the week as a precaution. WFH (work from home) is a great way to approach this if you are in a job that that is possible.
So I have been thinking about what we can do while we are self isolating ourselves. Here are some of my ideas that I am practicing.
Clean out your pantry and freezer and fridge. This is a great time to do it. We made a shopping trip to pick up a few staples the other day (not panic buying but just a small stocking up of shelf stable foods) and before I went I cleaned out my pantry and freezer. It was wonderful to get them all organized and toss out anything that needed to be tossed out.
Read a book. Read a series of books. If you don’t want to go to a library there are many ebook options out there through many services. I read many on my Kindle through different sources such as Libby and Overdrive which are part of what my local library offers as a service to the community. Of course you can always buy e books online as well but don’t you just love free books from the library?
Binge watch something you have always wanted to watch. We subscribe to several streaming services and our latest binge is The Brownwood Mysteries. It’s a great time to watch something that you have put off watching.
Bake something. Baking always makes me happy and if I bake a lot I can stick it in my newly cleaned freezer. I am looking at these fabulous looking chocolate chip cookie recipes as a starting point. Maybe I can do something with all of those frozen bananas I found in the freezer.
Clean a room. Clean a couple rooms. Do spring cleaning. Make your house spotless and germ free. Not only is it a good feeling it is good for you to have a germ free house. Just don’t spill your coffee while you are doing it like I did.
Write a letter or note to someone you don’t normally write to. It’s a great time to sit down and put pen to paper and write a nice handwritten letter to someone that comes to mind. I can assure you they will appreciate it.
Play a board game with your family. I am not a great game player but I might have to dust off the Scrabble game and challenge Chris to a match.
Check on your friends and neighbors by phone who might be in the target group of being susceptible to the virus. Be a good neighbor and help out in whatever way you can while maintaining your own health.
None of these are earth shatteringly new ideas but maybe you can focus on one or two of them and that will focus your attention on something other than the virus. There are many who are going to be affected in negative ways by this pandemic. We all realize that. It is not going to be an easy time but maybe if we focus on the good that is going on we can make it through this and come out the other side safely. Be well, my friends, and know that I am thinking of each and every one of my readers who is affected by this. Got an idea of something to add to my list? Keep that list growing by adding yours in my comment section. Each comment made on the blog this month means a 50 cent donation to Comments for a Cause – the Diaper Bank of North Carolina.