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The past few weeks have been surreal, to say the least. It feels like my whole world has just completely flipped over on its axis and everything that was normal to me is now a luxury I took advantage of. Nothing feels okay and often it seems like every hour brings another devastation. But you know what? Everything will be okay. It will! It might be a little worse before it gets better, but this too shall pass. This isn’t how life will be forever.
Neal started working from home since March 12th and I started working from home about a week later on March 18th. We made one last grocery run the next day and haven’t left the house since! Indiana doesn’t start shelter in place until March 25, but we’re trying to do our part and flatten the curve by staying in as much as possible. I’ve also had a cough recently and don’t want to risk anything. I feel SO grateful that we both can work remotely and that we still have work to do. Neither of our companies have shut down and for that I am SO incredibly grateful. So many people have lost their jobs recently as restaurants and shops have closed and I am so thankful we’re able to work remotely. We sometimes work together in the dining room, with Dobby running around like a menace or sleeping on the floor between our feet.
The thing that gets me the most is that I just didn’t know how drastically our lives could change. I didn’t know I took for granted the ability to go to the grocery store whenever I needed a single ingredient or the ability to go into my office to work. I’ve always been grateful for having a job (especially after being laid off from my first job — that was not fun!), but I didn’t know being able to go into my physical office was something I took advantage of. When this is all over, I am going to be so excited to live my normal life ago and go into work, grab dinner and drinks out with friends, and go to the grocery without a feeling of fear that I’ll get sick or unknowingly spread the virus to someone else.
I don’t typically think of myself as an anxious person, but this global pandemenic has me feeling all sort of emotions! So here’s what I’m doing to fight the anxious thoughts and feelings from accumulating:
- Playing Sudoku
- Reading the “Good News” posts on the Reddit Coronavirus thread
- Making a list of everything I’ve wanted to do around the house but haven’t had the time to do, and doing it!
- Group FaceTime with my friends and family
- Playing Monopoly on the iPhone app
- Look through old photos that make me happy (like the whale photo I took from our trip to Canada in 2018!)
- Cooking healthy yet comforting food
- Long walks with my little family <3
- Working out (Kayla Itsines BBG program and workouts on the Peloton App are my jam right now)
- Visualizing going back to work, going out to eat, people having fun dancing in bars, shopping, kids playing in parks, etc.
- Catching up on TV shows
- Watching the live stream camera at the elephant sanctuary
- Playing the violin
- Playing board games
- Focus on the GOOD stuff – like a rapid test being developed, some medication proven successful in treating those with COVID, and progress towards a vaccine.
This time of COVID-19 is a challenge to us all. What are you doing to stay positive and keep yourself busy during this time?
I know this isn’t the most well written post and isn’t food related whatsoever, but I just needed to get my feelings out about the current situation. It’s scary, it’s unprecedented in this lifetime, but everything will be okay in the end. And if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.