Saving My Sanity During Social Distancing

Normally, I work outside of the house and due to class cancellations I’m home with the kids. I honestly thought the Social Distancing (as per the awesome Dr. Henshaw’s suggestion) wouldn’t get to me.

Well, I was wrong.

It was 10am on the second day when I finally broke down. I cried, a lot. I cried for the people who are sick, I cried for the people who’ve died, I cried and cried and cried. And then, I heard my kids playing and I told myself I had to stop.

There are people out there on the front line – grocery workers, nurses, doctors, police, fire, 911 operators, the list goes on and on. Like all the memes say – We can stay home – for them and for everyone.

So I made myself a list of 5 things that I can do to save my sanity.

Live Yoga/Meditation

There are so many people offering free live, or affordable online memberships. I’ve been watching two in particular myself – Fitcityguide and Metta Yoga but I would LOVE to hear if you’ve found awesome resources!

Reading

I utilize my local libraries digital option. They use Overdrive and with my free membership, I have access to lots of free titles. Of course there are lots of great options to buy ebooks online as well. It’s an escape that I love!

Video Chats

Get togethers have been cancelled BUT one of my girlfriends called me, middle of the day, over Facebook video call and it was just the jolt I needed. It was almost as good as being in the room with her. Phone is ok too but I really found seeing her face, her expressions – the human connection.

Netflix/Disney Plus/Prime

Lot of these streaming services are offering free trials – which is a bonus for both the kids and us! We hear Universal is even releasing some movies straight to streaming during the pandemic.

Walks

Ok, so this is a no brainer but I have found a few days where, because I didn’t make a specific time to go, I didn’t get out. I got bogged down in things and then it was supper! I started having a reminder in my phone. It’s actually kind of mean – set as “Get off your ass! Fresh air is good for you and you WILL regret it later if you don’t get outside” ūüėČ

I’d love to hear the resources you’ve found work well for you during all this “new normal”!

Chris is one of the only mama’s with a “day job”. Mom of 2, a 7 & 9 year old, she works as a admin for a local bakery. She loves cider, hanging out with good people and writing about her feelings. She currently resides in our Capital City, however she grew up on a farm north east of the city and never forgets her farm girl roots.

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