Day 12 of 14: Taking Care during COVID-19 Self Quarantine
1) Yourself - This is a hard time for all on some levels. Some levels of anxiety and fear are higher for others, and that is okay to feel just try not to wallow there. Some things we can not control and we have to accept this in order to know the things we can do to make us feel better in our current circumstance. Never make yourself feel bad for not being able to maintain a schedule or follow the suggestions of others. Do what you can, when you can. If anything you try is too overwhelming then put it aside for now. It may be the day, or it could be the activity. It your just having a bad day then you can save the task for another day. If the task itself doesn't bring you pleasure and it is not of importance, just know that it is not for you. If you must do it and it doesn't bring you pleasure give yourself at least 24 hours before trying again.
If all else fails, try and do something pleasurable for you right after the task that you must do. It is like rewarding yourself for a job well done. Some things are so hard to swallow, so to speak, that you may have to do pleasurable activities before and after the experience. That's okay as well. Again, do what you can and don't be so hard on yourself when you can't. The rest will flow!
2) Dependents - ART TIME (part 3): Make today a craft day for the kids. This is hopefully without the pen and paper today. This is not a another lesson on drawing and coloring. There are other thing you can create. If you need to stick to paper-like items, try card board or tissue paper (dollar store items). There are keepsakes that children can enjoy creating such as mugs, tie-dye, origami, knitting, crochet, experiments with home products and much, much more. There are plenty of sites online, categorized by age to do crafts with the kids. They love to create and it helps the time go by.
3) Planning Ahead - What to do with the bills and money you have? What takes priority, how long can you stretch your funds. With lots of things put on hold now other things now take preciseness. Create a budget with must need items only and sometimes you will have to make those tedious phone calls to get the bills in a more comfortable range to stretch your funds a bit further. Things that will have to be put off are those things that are not necessary to survival toady. And I am not talking about the internet bill, now the internet is more important than ever. Keeps you connected to others, may be your only form of making income or entertainment.
You can talk to the gas, water, electric, phone, mortgage and car companies to work something out (since legislation has not made this easier for "We the People"). All the rest might have to be frivolous spending for now until income is restored in your home. Just know that all things will continue to flow, move and bring about change. Until then you can only deal with what you can, for as long as you can and you are awesome for being able to sustain anything during this time. YOU ARE DOING WONDERFULLY!
4) Activity for All - Most people make their bucket list later in life and begin checking off the things they have done while in retirement. Why wait? If you haven’t began yet it isn’t to late to start. Just begin writing all the things down that you have always wanted to do. It doesn't have to be just adventures, it could be simple things that you want to accomplish at home, or with daily living. It could be lifelong goals that you could begin working on right now to improve your chances of receiving by putting into motion today.
If you completed your list or near the end are there things you would like to add now that life has become more reflective. There is always something new to do, explore or work on within ourselves to make us better overall citizens of the world.