For any and all of those affected by the CoVid19 forced seclusion, it may be a long haul. As someone who has difficulty with restrictions, I understand the aggravation of not being able to continue with "life as we have known it". Yesterday was a difficult day for me as the realization set in that this was probably not just for two weeks. Perhaps you have had that experience or perhaps you will soon. Here is the big question and ten possible ways to answer it.
What to do when there is nothing to do?
1. Start a new (healthier) regime
If you have been wanting to tone up or slim down - now's the time! Because you have time. It is a luxury most of us never have. You have time to do those walks (even if it is on the treadmill) or sit ups, yoga, etc. Do it with your children. It will build good habits for them.
2. Take care of your heart and soul
This time is difficult for many and it is easy to feel down. Be sure to take care of your emotional and spiritual needs. There are on-line counselors to get in touch with if you need emotional support with feelings of fear, anxiety or depression seems to be setting in.
If you need that connection to a higher power be sure to do what you need to feel inner peace. Meditation and prayer groups are forming on the internet and are on-going if your group can not meet.
If you have been wanting to explore a discipline that gives you peace and turns off your negative side - fear, worry, etc. Now is the perfect time! There are lots of online supports on Youtube or elsewhere. Take the time to explore and develop your inner peace. It will help you maintain balance in the face of this pandemic.
3. Eat better!
Nevermind the toilet paper! Of course you have to have it but you need to eat well. Not only because you should but because it is essential to your health. Read up and get informed! Whether you use the Medical Medium or find out about blood types and eat for your type, get informed and make some changes. It's a great way to be proactive and help safeguard your own and your family's health.
4. Clean house!
Since you have to stay home - go through your closets, garage or wherever else you store things If you haven't worn it in a year - get rid of it! If you will never use it again - put it up on
social media and sell or give it away! Re organize closets, cupboards and see how much better it feels!
5. Get enough sleep!
If you are still working be sure to get as much sleep as you can. Sleep is important to a healthy immune system and we all need to stay healthy. If you are home - take a nap when you need to. Teach your children to sleep when they are tired not push themselves beyond it. We do too much of that in this society.
6. Stay in touch with friends and family.
Call, skype, zoom, facetime but stay in touch. The forced seclusion is hard on extroverts so be sure to contact people when you need to. Have a zoom coffee or meal with someone. No, it's not the same but it is better than nothing. And contact is important during social distancing as paradoxical as that seems
7. Grow plants or animals
Nothing feels better than watching a seed start to grow! There's something magical in seeing new life bursting forth through the soil. Get a few seeds or if you can't then plant the bottom of your celery or a slice of tomato and watch it grow in a sunny spot. It will brighten your day and maybe start you on the road to self-sufficiency.
If you have the room and can honestly help - foster an animal. It is a commitment but many of the private animal rescues can use the help and you may end up with a life long companion if the foster works out really well. But be honest with yourself about your willingness to carry it through.
8. Learn something new.
You have time so learn something new. Whether it is cooking a new dish, crafting or learning about a subject of interest, the internet can supply the how-to's. If you want there are plenty of on-line courses, many of which are offering a discount to change your career or build yourself up. Whatever your interest - the time is now!
9. Reflect on your priorities and goals
In a time where most distractions are gone it is a good opportunity to look inward. Make time each day to think through what is important and what you want to accomplish in life. Not a bucket list even, since that is put on hold for now but real priorities. Is your family or relationship your priority - take a good look and see if your actions show it. If not, your goal is clear. Do some soul searching during this enforced solitude.
10. Have some fun and be creative! Take time to laugh and have fun with your children or your partner. Laughter strengthens the immune system, so laugh it up. Play card games, board games and when you run out - make up your own! Be creative - dance, sing, draw, paint, make things out of what is on hand. Invite others to share in the process. See what you can come up with! It will not only pass the time - it may become an on-going tradition even when other things are available.
I hope that gives everyone a place to start. Many of you will have already begun your journey. And just think what tales we will all have to tell our grandchildren!
My father died on January 12th and I traveled for his funeral.
Clue #2 Jadzia Cypress spent time in a foreign country