With all the social distancing, are you beginning to feel like a bird in a cage yet? The times we are experiencing are alien to us. And we are getting inundated with so much misinformation from kind-hearted souls who believe they are passing on the right information. Be careful and vigilant whenever you are reading something and decide for yourself if it is valid or not.
I received a great email from a local friend. Cliff Boldt, a retired teacher, posted a great list (from his retired teacher’s association) of things to keep you busy while you are observing physical distancing at home.
· Email and video calls to family and friends
· Volunteering in the community – community kitchen, meals on wheels, etc.
· Getting outside each day for a walk
· Going through closets to put together give-away items
· Reviewing photo albums, rearranging, re-organizing and reminding of better times
· Puzzles, board games, crokinole,
· Shredding documents that are no longer needed
· Netflix, Crave, Apple TV – binge-watching
· Cooking – creating and trying new recipes
· Home improvement projects
· Eldercare (this probably relates to elders who live with you)
· Spring Cleaning
· Listening to music
· Dance – Line Dance, “Dancing as no one is watching” – because no one is!
· U Tube videos
· Write, draw, paint, photography
· Play an instrument, sing, dance, act
· Take a shower or a bath
· Go for a drive
· Watch cute kitten videos on YouTube
· Play a game
· Write a note to someone you care about
· Care for or play with a pet
· Make a list of inspirational quotes
· Make a gratitude list
· Write a list of goals
· Take a class or webinar
· Write a list of strengths
· Laugh at least once per day
· Get enough sleep
· Eat healthy foods
· Create a good routine
· Eat a little chocolate
· Limit caffeine
· Practice deep/slow breathing
· Pray or meditate
· Enjoy nature via video, movies or magazines
· Prioritize important tasks
Remember we are all in this together, and although it may take time, we will eventually get through this. In fact, it might even mean we have a better earth to be thankful for.
Stay healthy, stay a safe distance, and stay calm!