In the pre-Pandemic universe, I would have been on a flight to London this afternoon. But c’est la vie. And la vie is the reason we’re doing all of this social distancing.
Above, enjoying a bit of morning sunshine on our back steps. (This was a few days ago…it’s been raining again since last night.) I’m absolutely loving these slippers! (Click on images below to see other styles.)
We’re now in week four of Staying At Home. With the exception of picking up groceries and medication, we began self-quarantine upon our return from Mexico on March 14. Our city and state began implementing stay-at-home directives a couple of days later.
Self-Care While Social Distancing: What’s Working So Far…
We’re very fortunate in that we both are able to work from home, and that we have a home to work from. (Le Monsieur was in the process of retiring from his job when this hit, and is now staying on for a couple more months to help his team transition.)
Here are a few things that are helping me deal with the “current normal.”
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule. I try to go to bed and get up around the same time every day. While I do sleep better some nights than others, I find that sticking to a regular routine keeps me from feeling “off kilter.”
- Get outside for a little bit every day. We’re able to walk in our neighborhood while maintaining social distancing, so have been doing that daily. When the weather’s nice, I also take regular short breaks on the back steps and watch the hummingbirds.
- Limit consumption of news. No, I don’t ignore what’s going on completely. I have online subscriptions to two newspapers, and check once or twice per day. (If you haven’t already subscribed to your local newspaper, many are doing outstanding work and could really use the support.) I avoid watching news on TV.
- Go “offline” in the evenings. Turn off the computer, put away the phone. We usually watch a movie or series through one of the streaming services. (BTW, we enjoyed “The English Game” on Netflix. Created by Julian Fellowes, it was soapy, fun and engaging and has some wonderful scenery and period costuming. Though not a docu-drama, it is based loosely on actual events.)
- Take a book break. (I’m currently reading the next installment in Hilary Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” trilogy, The Mirror and the Light. It’s quite good, though requires a lot of focus.)
- Stay in touch online. I’ve been doing a lot more texting, WhatsApp-ing, Facetime-ing. Our family is even planning to get together for a Passover Seder via Zoom meeting!
- Exercise, if you can. Even just a few minutes a day is better than nothing. I’m trying out some online classes, will share the ones I like the best. Our cousin (who owns a fitness studio in Brooklyn) is offering classes at no charge via Zoom. They focus on strength and range of motion. I haven’t tried one of the classes yet, but plan to next week.
- Take a moment to appreciate something in your immediate vicinity. Do this several times a day until it becomes a habit. 😉
- And finally, have something that gives you a sense of purpose and gets you out of bed in the morning. Maybe it’s sewing masks, or cooking, or organizing online family chats, or tending to a garden. For me, it’s writing this blog, and the wonderful sense of connection it provides.
Coming up roses…
Here’s a little dose of beauty. Both of these roses came from the same bush. I’m guessing that the pink one in the back is from the original root stock, and the “fancy” one in front was grafted on. (I’d purchased the bush for the cabbage blooms, but am happy with both.)
Now that we’re being advised to wear masks when out in public (which for us is our daily walk, and weekly grocery run), I had to learn to “MacGyver” us some workable options. Here’s the website for this one, which I made using an old (clean) handkerchief. (I didn’t have hair ties, so used large rubber bands.)
I tried this at first with a couple of small scarves, but found they didn’t provide enough air flow. A lightweight cotton bandana or handkerchief works best.
What self-care practices have you found helpful during this time?