We’re all pretty sick of hearing about it. For some, COVID-19 has had devastating effects on their finances and their health or the health of their loved ones. In the worst cases, there are individuals who have lost their lives or the life of a loved one. We can’t imagine the loss nor do we want to minimize or make light of the situation.
Yet for others, this time has led to boredom, cabin-fever and angst. Whatever the effects this has had on you, we offer some really basic tips to help you navigate our new reality. We remind you to always listen to those in authority when it comes to whether to go out or stay home and if you should be wearing a mask and gloves. It goes without saying that your safety should be first and foremost, always.
- Maintain some sort of schedule. Get up at the same time, go to bed at the same time, do your chores and exercise. Keep up a routine rather than just plop in front of the tv from dawn to dusk. The days will be better and you’ll have more emotional energy to get through these days.
- Get some fresh air! If you’ve read anything at all about the topic, you’re surely read that being outdoors and exercising does wonders for you. For example, walking releases endorphins, a neurochemical that boosts your mental health. Being outside can relieve stress and make you generally happier.
- Take a break from the news! Oh my – as if COVID-19 wasn’t enough on it’s own, the news can be exhausting to listen to. Let’s face it, it’s not upbeat and cheery. Instead it’s flat out depressing! Trust me, you’re not likely to miss too much if you tune out for a day or two.
- Do something. Do you have projects that have been on your to-do list for years? Perhaps things like:
- Read a book.
- Clean out the closet.
- Paint the living room.
- Clean the garage.
- Sort nails and screws. (yes, we said that, ha ha)
- Try out those new dinner recipes you’ve been collecting (but order your groceries for pick up if you can).
- If you have a swimming pool, schedule a day to get it opened. As the weather warms, it’s one great place to forget your worries, relax and enjoy time with the family. Don’t invite everyone over quite yet. But it will come.
We don’t know when we will return to normal nor what normal will be moving forward but we hope that everyone is doing well and surviving as best they can. And if you have a pool to open, give us a buzz!