How to not go Coo-Coo from Corona
So how have you been? Unless you're an essential worker during this COVID-19 crisis, I think it's safe to assume that you are spending a lot of time at home. By "a lot" I mean all of your time. You're spending pretty much every waking and sleeping hour in your home, most likely with your partner and perhaps children.
Homeofficing. Homeschooling. Homecooking. Homecleaning. Homedwelling. Homenervousbreakdowning?
I get it. I do. On the one hand, it’s kind of nice to have fewer appointments (ok, no appointments), no social pressures, no school events. It’s nice to not have to get dressed so early in the morning and see that colleague that is way too happy in the morning.
It’s nice to be home more. With your loved ones.
On the other hand, your spouse is now sitting next to you talking so freakin’ loud on the phone that you’re pretty sure you just burst an eardrum. Your kids are asking you to help them understand calculus and physics. (um…. Youtube anyone??), you also have your own work to do (which is proving increasingly difficult sitting next to that loud new colleague of yours), and you’re also in charge of making meals, keeping the house – er, office – clean. So basically you’re suddenly not only a marketing consultant/sales rep/accountant/IT guy/banker/psychologist/fill-in-the-blank-job, but you are also teacher, cook, janitor, policewoman or policeman (after all, the siblings are driving each other crazy and the teens are truly suffering from their lack of peer group – more on that in another post)..you’re also school nurse, and obviously mom, dad, husband, wife. All at the same time – and in the same place. No wonder your nerves are so thin that even Kate Moss from the 90’s is worried about you.
So how can we deal in this very unique time in our lives? How can we manage to stay centered while in social isolation and lockdown? It’s not like we all have space to retreat to. Although if you do, all I can say it count your blessings. It’s hard to stay centered when everything is upside-down.
I’ve compiled a list of self-care activities you can do to NOT go coo-coo during this Corona Crisis.