Who would’ve ever imagined 2020 would go in this crazy direction when we woke up January 1. We are 3 1/2 months into the year and I’m ready to return to sender or leap to the future!
Seriously though, we are living in a strange and unprecedented time that honestly I never thought we could or would experience. There is no doubt that COVID-19 is very dangerous, but everything surrounding it has left so many of us with mixed emotions and a lot of questions.
With schools, business and other things closed and everyone “sheltered in place” life is different for the majority of our nation and other countries around the world. We’ve seen so many ways people are handling this situation: from freaking out and hoarding, to acting oblivious to everything. There is nothing wrong with being afraid and worrying, whether it be of the illness itself or the consequences the country is facing because of government orders. How we express those feelings does make a huge difference though. At the end of the day, I do know that God is in control and I try to leave my fears and worries to Him.
Trying to keep life as normal as possible is important to me as it offers a sense of security, keeps our home running smoothly, promotes calmness, eases fear, and I want to set an example for my now grown children.
Today I’m sharing 20 ways to “Shelter In Place” that have helped keep me sane and less stressed.
- Open your curtains and blinds each morning to let in the natural light. I know, we’ve had a lot of rainy days, but even the light on a rainy day is better than living in cave!
- Make your bed everyday. Audley laughs at me on the weekends, because “we’re just going back to bed this evening, why bother?” But, seriously, walking past my room with a made up bed during the day just makes me feel good and the house feels just a touch more clean, despite the pile of laundry on the chair.
- Change from your nighttime to daytime PJ’s (or hubby’s t-shirts) everyday, and brighten up those jammies by doing your make-up a couple days a week. You’ll feel so much better!
- Catch up on your reading. Whether you have kids at home, or are an empty nester, use this time to read for pleasure! Tell the kids you have school work, too.
- Workout. Yep, all that time you never had for working out, shouldn’t be an issue now. You may discover after a couple of weeks of walking, jogging, or body weight training that you will want to continue when things return to normal. Rest assured you will be glad you’ve added exercise to your daily routine! I know different states have different rules right now, but you should be able to stroll around your neighborhood, or hit a trail at a local park. If you have children, take them with you to let them run. Just be courteous to those who have the same idea and keep your distance.
- Try a new recipe …. or twelve. I cook a lot anyway, but good grief since midMarch I have about wore my stove and oven out! Our grocery bill has increased as well, but I guess that’s off-setting how much we were eating out.
- Eat cereal for supper. Just do it. The kids would love to have Capt’n Crunch while you indulge in some Chocolaty Special K.
- Plant flowers. In most states Home Depot, Lowes, and Ace Hardware all have curbside pickup. Use it & stop by when you’re getting your groceries. You can also order things from online from various resources and have them in a few days. If those options don’t work for you, weed your flower beds, do a little transplanting and trimming.
- Clean out the pantry and spice cabinet. This pairs well with trying a new recipe as ingredients that are about to expire can be whipped into something unique. Organize things to that you can easily find items you need: turn labels so they can be read, combine duplicate spice bottles, organize veggies together, etc..
- Finish a crafty project you’ve started and put aside. We’ve all got a
cross stitch project only 1/8 of the way completed sitting in a drawer in the living roomproject sitting around I’m sure.
- Refinish a piece of furniture. That dresser you painted ten years ago and now dislike? Strip it, sand it and stain it! You’ve got a new showpiece and spent little to make it happen.
- Eat an entire bag of Cadbury Mini eggs in Royal dark edition. Not that I’ve done that….. Y’all, they are the best!
- Set the table. It doesn’t matter if you use plastic, Tupperware, glass or paper plates; set the table, then enjoy all of your meals together as a family if possible. This will become a habit you might find you’ve missed.
- Clean out the garage, storage room, or closets. I know. A lot of cleaning, but some of us have a wee bit more time on our hands than normal, so use it to your advantage. This maybe time to plan that yard sale you’ve wanted to have or just haul things off to a donation center.
- Picnic in the yard. I love a good picnic y’all, and with spring arrived here in the south we have had several gorgeous days for dining outdoors!
- Try a family campout in the backyard. Build a fire, roast hot dogs, make smores, tell silly stories or ask your kids or spouse questions about their dreams and goals. When the TV is turned off a whole new world opens up!
- Organize your photos. If you’ve got 10 years worth of digital pictures you need to print off, upload them to Shutterfly or some other online service and have them in a matter of days. You can order albums if you need and never have to leave the house.
- Bake. Yeah, thats a dangerous one for our waistlines, but oh so good!
- Build a birdhouse. Scraps from other projects are perfect for this! Let your kids paint it and mount on a tree. See who comes to visit.
- Make homemade cards or write notes to friends and family you can’t see write now. FaceTime is so easy to use, but I an assure you that a piece of old-fashioned mail will truly brighten someone’s day!
How are you all handling things right now? Is it business as usual or has you life completely changed over the last four weeks? Just know you aren’t a lone and we’re all trying to get through this together!