It feels like our society is grounded as we address the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us must self quarantine at this time. All the things that fill out our day causing us to be “too busy” are suspended at the moment. Whilst this has never before occurred – at least not in my 4.1 decade life span, it’s hard to commit to any one emotion at any given time. Many of us are experiencing fear and anxiety as we recognize this is beyond our control.
What Can We Do?
Aside from following directions of self quarantining – staying home and practicing preventive measures like washing hands and clothes etc., we can really take advantage of this sabbatical by doing the things that we complained we never had time to do. Rather than firing up that Fire Stick or binge watching Netflix the entire time, we can choose to make memories with out loved one by spending real quality time with them. We can check in and catch up on what has been going on in each other’s lives. We can spring clean or read a book or two. Try to learn something new – a recipe or perhaps a language. YouTube has so many free tutorials. Take advantage!
Or, maybe, just maybe we can rest and relax … take naps and enjoy our surroundings. These are very simple every day luxuries most of us are not afforded normally. A nice hot bath or a long foot soak can do wonders for well being.
Something positive can come out of all this. Although we are being socially distant, we don’t have to be emotionally distant. Although we cannot go to our favorite places, it doesn’t mean that we cannot go places in our minds with a great book or have fun at home with the people we love. Grounding society can ground us, if we let it. Every now and again it’s good to take stock of who and what really matters to you. What matters gives you purpose – the reason why you run the rat race to begin with. We can get caught up in it, it’s easy to lose sight of why we are are doing it in the first place. We have an opportunity to ground ourselves – don’t waste it. Be Well.