It has been five weeks since I was allowed to work from home due to social distancing and four weeks since my daughter transitioned to an online platform class due to school closures. As many of us adjust to this new norm, I’d like to share some ideas or best ways I’ve been spending my time at home that bring solace while we are in solitude.
First and foremost, which is essential more than ever, is to invest in your well-being. Whether through exercise, pampering yourself, reading a book, or binge-watching your favorite show on Netflix, which I’ve done excluding physical activity. 😊 No matter how you chose to practice self-care, most importantly is to allow yourself to do so. Take the time to relax, unwind, and take a mental break from all the craze. I believe that time spent doing things that you enjoy and love is fuel for both your physical and psychological health.
Tackle a project
The organization, DIY projects (which I have plenty on my to-do list), or performing chores is a great way to be productive with your time at home. There is always a room waiting to be clean, laundry to wash, closet to organize, and space/furniture dying for a makeover in my house. Some days I feel like house chores are never-ending. Now is the opportune time to tackle those projects and start checking it off your list. As a neat freak that I am, even doing chores that can be tedious such as folding laundry or making the bed in the morning, can bring me joy (please don’t judge). 😊 My husband can agree that my favorite expressions are a “made bed can tidy up the room even when things are in disarray.” Somehow a tidy bed can be comforting as it provides order and balance.
Just because we are in isolation does not mean we need to shut ourselves out entirely. Make an effort to stay connected with your loved ones virtually. More so now than ever. Imagine if social distancing happened twenty years ago? No gaming, entertainment (aside from Netflix), or any social applications such as Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube available? A majority of us will survive as we lived through those times, although I’m confident my five years old daughter would agree to disagree. 😊 But I must admit, accessibility of these social applications, mobile entertainment, and virtual platforms has help eased our current situation. I’m genuinely grateful for the advances in wireless technology that made it possible for us to stay connected with our loved ones and brought us closer together despite the distance.
Spend Quality Time
I’m enjoying the moments that I get to spend time, whether it’s homeschooling or playtime with my daughter while having the luxury to work from home. I recognize staying or working from home is not an option available for many, including my husband “our unsung hero,” whose line of work is deemed essential. Therefore, I’m cherishing every minute as I witness my daughter learn, discover, and try new things that otherwise I miss when we’re apart. As a full-time working mom/wife, life happens as fast as a blink of an eye. So it’s crucial to value the time that we have and live in the moment.
These are some ways that have kept me sane and grounded during this time of uncertainty. No matter what pandemonium this Coronavirus has caused, I remain optimistic and hopeful. After all, this too shall pass.
What about you? How are you finding your solace during this time of isolation? Let me know on the comments below.