If you’re tired of seeing the same 3 or 4 people (or for some, no people) because you’ve been sequestered from society for 8 weeks, you’re not alone. Having to work from home, file for unemployment (for some), home school your kids and find a mask to wear every time you leave the house can be draining.
I get it. We all want to resume our “normal” lives of going to work, the mall, the grocery store, and our friend’s and family’s homes. It would be nice to not have to think about getting sick every time we left the house.Being isolated is difficult.
So- how are people coping? For some, getting outside to walk or ride a bike has been exactly what they needed. Many of us don’t take the time to get outside and enjoy the weather because we’re too busy running around with work, kid’s sports, meetings and other events. You can physical distance with a walking partner and still be social, which is great for your mental health.
Others have taken to cooking. For someone who embraces food, it’s refreshing to see people baking bread. CARBS are cool again! Don’t beat yourself up for craving carbs right now. They are comfort food to many. We’re all in survival mode. Have some grace about your food choices.
Maybe you’re learning a new skill? Just about every day, I receive an email or invitation to participate in a free webinar. You can learn about free lance writing, podcasting, how to make your favorite curry or just about any other topic right now. Take advantage of it!
Are you a person of faith? Reach out to members of your faith congregation or take time to pray or meditate daily. It may help to reduce anxiety and stay connected.
Social media use is at its peak. It’s natural to want to connect with people. I’ve been enjoying meeting other dietitians across the country via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I avoid political chatter as it can be draining and divisive. I’m not going to change anyone’s mind and there’s no point fighting online with strangers.
Take care of your pets and your skin. Psychologists note we may all be suffering from “skin hunger” from the lack of personal touches we’re normally accustomed to. Pet your dog or cat often, hug the people in your immediate circle daily. If you live alone, treat yourself to long bath or hot shower or use a favorite lotion on your legs and arms. We all need human touch.
We will get through this. I fully recognize my own anxiety over the future. I’m opting for virtual visits only and giving up my office space. I have no control over the virus. As things open back up here, I’ll have more control over where I can go. But, I’m not too eager to host a party, go to a crowded shopping mall or eat out.
Do what feels right for you.
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