Are you as sick of washing your hands and your shelter-in-place roommate, husband, family, extended family as I am? I am ready to go ballistic if my husband puts one more item away that I just took out to use! We are all getting on each other’s nerves, and I don’t care how emotionally even you are (I am not!) or how much you promise yourself you will be calm, cool and collected, we are all experiencing cabin-fever and long for the days when we could go into Starbucks to get the morning cup of Joe.
Well, I have no answer for you. Surprised? You thought I’d give you four coping strategies. But I have none. However, I can share some things that work for me.
- I have found that walking my dog with or without my husband, helps bring me back into the moment. My dog, however, is tuckered and runs away when I bring out his leash.
- Playing the guitar and writing music helps. Now that is REALLY challenging when I feel completely uninspired and dried up, creatively speaking. It’s a real chore and maybe I will look back on these works someday, like you did when you wrote a poem when you were stoned and say to yourself, “what was I thinking?!”
- Writing blogs (which now seem like “Dear Diary” entries) and just simply going about the requisite chores have helped me stay sane.
- Each evening, making a list of the tasks for the next day. I never thought “order dinner from _____” (insert name of your favorite restaurant) would make it onto a to do list. Parkinson’s Law (work expands to fill the time available).
- Also, the new-old sharing/visiting apps, ZOOM or Facetime, or Skype (does anyone use that anymore?) are actually very soothing and helpful. It is uplifting just to hear what my friends and family are experiencing, see their faces, giggle at something not really funny, or just share stories of our days.
We had an online Seder on Sunday, with many of my family members on both coasts, something we couldn’t do before because who travels cross-country for a Seder? It was wonderful to connect with the extended family, Jewish and gentile, and drink red wine (not Manischewitz, some lovely Santa Rosa Cabernet, because, hey, it’s the local offering)
- We are planting our summer vegetables including tomatoes and zucchini. Have I ever done that before? Have we met? No, that’s Charley’s job, ‘cause he is from Indiana.
- Shopping online for spring and summer dresses. That might just be me, probably doesn’t help most people. But I’ve gotten some really great stuff that fits perfectly, which doesn’t happen very often! My favorite website for this is VICI.com. Really airy, adorable comfortable dresses. Retail is my vocation and avocation.
So that’s it for now. Let us know how you are coping. Sharing is caring in this new world! I feel better already!