How to Make the Coronavirus Lockdown More Pleasant

How to Make the Coronavirus Lockdown More Pleasant

Yay! Made it through the first week of hunkering down at home  for coronavirus prevention!If you ask people who know me, they’ll tell you I’m someone who loves to be on the go – out and about all the time. And shopping is one of my favorite activities.

A fun day for me is to leave the house Saturday morning and not return until 7 or 8 in the evening.

I go to work for 8 hours (plus about a 2-hour commute) Monday – Friday, visit my mom in assisted living about 4 nights a week, run errands and do all the things everyone else does that takes time.

So what happens when (WHOA) …… life is suddenly on hold?

I honestly thought the first day teleworking and cooped up remaining at home seemed like 10 days (which reminds me of my favorite movie, The Jerk). Seemed like it would never end, and since all I wanted to do was cry in frustration during the evening with my hours and hours of “free time,” finally went to bed.

The next morning, I decided not to repeat the previous day — for my mental health and for the duration (however long this lasts).

New motto: Take it one day at a time (a phrase that formerly annoyed me).

New plan: Be grateful every day for the things you have: good health for you and your family and friends, sunshine (hopefully), a comfortable house, a job (in my case, I’m VERY grateful to be able to telework at the kitchen table!!).

New goal(s):

1) Stay in touch with family and friends every day — by text, email or phone calls. Even do some drive-by waves, if that works. 🙂

2) Start doing the things on the five-page, typed “to do” list I’ve accumulated the past few years. Some of them only take five minutes to do — and, oh, the joy of scratching them off!

3) Exercise 10,000 steps a day or the equivalent.  Exercise – and the fresh air that usually accompanies it — always makes you feel better.

Once I changed my attitude and adopted a new philosophy, every day since has been better.

And, believe it or not, the first week wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d anticipated. Who knew that going to the grocery store could be the most exciting part of the week?

You?

What’s your stay-at-home philosophy and plan? How are things going?

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