Acknowledge our Humanity
Ok, we are humans going through a very strange time. This situation is one, most of have never experienced. Let’s face it, we are experiencing a wide range of emotions – fear, anger, boredom, confusion, anxiety, loneliness, and feeling adrift. We are up against something we can’t see, we don’t know where it is and this can make us feel vulnerable and trapped. At a time when we would feel comforted getting together with family and friends we must practice social distancing. These are some ideas about things to do during Covid 19.
However, also woven into this big ball of emotions we also feel gratitude, the value of connection and serving others, getting back to basics and slowing down, how to enjoy each other’s company, and maybe even personal growth. We also feel a connection to people all over the world because the humanity of all of us humans has been opened and laid bare for all to see. We are all struggling on some level, but the message we hear over and over is that we are not alone in this. I believe this is true, we are not alone and we are all interconnected. Our humanity is showing and we can grow from this and come through it stronger.
Whew, OK, on a lighter note, here are tips and ideas to help get us through this.
Get off the TV and get out of your head for a while each day. Meditate. There are a ton of free meditation apps out there. I personally really like Insight Timer.
Also, please check out my friend, Beth Freschi – A Time For Expression – as she takes us on a relaxation journey.
Connection during a time of Social Distancing
Even though the Covid 19 pandemic has limited us from actual, physical visits to friend and family members, there is no reason to lose touch. Connect for virtual lunches, coffees, or garden show and tells. This has been a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I’m an introvert and general mediaphobe, so I have been WAY behind the curve on this one. I didn’t even know what Facetime or Zoom was.
We are all working from home (for my 9-5 job) and we recently celebrated the end of the fiscal year. We normally have a pizza party to celebrate our hard work during the past year. I joked with my boss and asked him if he needed my home address for the pizza delivery guy. He liked the idea so much he ordered us all pizza to be delivered to our individual homes and we all had a virtual pizza party where we turned on the video feature of our computers and chatted about everyday things. I have also picked up the phone and actually used it as a phone to say hello to people I had been remiss in keeping up with. It was good.
Visit a Museum
During this time of social distancing, most museums are closed to actual visits, but you can visit an international or national museum and glean a bit of culture. Take this opportunity to experience some amazing art and go inside some of the world’s best museums, all from the comfort of your sofa!
Museo Frida Kahlo also known as The Blue House or Casa Azul
This museum is where Frida was born and where she passed away. The museum is located in Coyoacán, a wonderful neighborhood of what is now Mexico City.
As one would expect the Smithsonian Institute has not only stunning exhibits and tours, they also offer a vast quantity of opportunities for all tastes and desires.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City
Museum of Modern Art – Mexico –
Take a virtual class
With the newly acquired time on our hands, take this opportunity to invest in yourself, either in the form of enrichment or entertainment.
There are also classes that may present a barrier to enter if they were in person, but being virtual lowers that barrier to entry. These are things like body consciousness or feeling too much like a beginner. I say – Go for it!
There are free and paid courses online.
YouTube- you can learn all sorts of things for free on YouTube from cooking to yoga to changing the oil on your 2014 Sonata
I made this killer stuffed meatloaf mmmm mmmmm
Also, consider taking an online course to help support local businesses – there are a number of local Yoga studios offering online classes, for example.
Take a Car Date with your significant other and/or kids
You can order take out to support your local businesses and hop in the car and go for a drive. You can head for a lake or park and eat it there.
Think of the things you would recommend to a visitor and see if you can do “drive-bys” of those things in your city or area.
I am ALWAYS up for a Corny Roadside Attraction Tour. Think of things such as – The World’s Largest Crow in Belgrade, MN, or Rock On The House in Fountain City, WI that we visited on our trip around Lake Pepin.
Please follow social distancing guidelines.
Take the opportunity to purge, declutter, and work on the Honey Do list!
This is the perfect time to do fix-it projects and declutter your space. Decluttering will help you feel lighter, you’ll feel like you are putting your newfound home time to good use, and your future self will really thank you.
Wash and detail your car, even change the oil. Lube that squeaky hinge. Hem those pants. Attack that mysterious black hole in the garage or basement.
Get Some Exercise and release some of the Anxiety you may be feeling over Covid 19
Getting exercise is good for your body, mind, and soul. We know we have to keep our bodies moving – move it or lose it! Exercising often gets us out of our heads and gets us more in touch with our bodies. Exercise releases endorphins and dopamine, helping us to feel good. Exercise can help us feel gratitude for the abilities we have. Some people have more, some less, but jump in where you are and incorporate some movement in your life.
If permitted, go for walks, walk your dog, take a run.
Yard work – get out there and rake leaves, dig in your garden, look for Nature’s assurance that all life has cycles and growth and rebirth are part of that cycle.
Audio Books and Podcasts
I love listening to audio books and podcasts while I do other tasks such as chores. Here is a chance to look for new books and podcasts that have previously been off your radar. You can test them out and if you don’t care for them, well… no real loss, but you gave it a try.
Take a (Virtual) Vacation Anywhere in the World During Covid 19
While actual travel may be suspended there is no reason you can’t take a virtual trip. Pick a location you have always wanted to visit, or pick the destination for your next vacation after the Corona virus restrictions are lifted and crank out the YouTube videos on that part of the world. You could visit Spain, Bulgaria, or hike the Superior Hiking Trail!
Consider heightening your experience by cooking a recipe you find online from that country. Learn to say key phrases such as “good morning” and “thank you” in the language of the country you would like to visit. Have your kids make a collage and find the country on a map.
Helping Others During Covid 19
- Helping others during this time need not be complicated or jeopardize your safety.
- Offer to read virtually to someone’s kids (who may be driving their parents a little crazy)
- Sew masks for healthcare workers. Make donations, if you can, to causes you think are doing good work.
- Order a no-contact pizza for someone.
Take Care of Yourself
Besides the obvious advice – you may want to have a nice tea or coffee and really enjoy it. Break out those teas that Aunt Lucy buys for you, but you don’t take the time to brew loose tea. Get out the French press that you don’t use very often.
Take your beverage of choice out to your deck, patio, balcony and enjoy the view, make a list of who to call, listen to the birds chirp, soak up a few rays of sunshine, even just daydream for a while.
Post or Jot Down 3 Things You Are Grateful For Everyday
Focus on the things you CAN do instead of the things you can’t do. Take inventory of all the good things in your life. Look around and see all the people and organizations who are coming together under these trying times. Feel gratitude towards the front line workers, feel gratitude if you have good health and a job. Feel gratitude that you have been given an opportunity to slow down and take inventory of the positives in your life. Feel deeper love towards your loved ones, your neighbors, for those who are suffering around the world, and towards yourself for exploring your own humanity in the many forms that it takes.