I put up a photo of one of my favorite flowers. The other two are wisteria and peonies. In Connecticut, lilacs bloom late in May, so it’s something to look forward to when the coronavirus has passed us by.
Self -Satisfaction – Make a long list of all the things you would like to do in your home. Choose only one or two things each day. For example, binge-watching your favorite show or movie series. You might start a project and have all the pieces but didn’t put it together yet. I have a bracelet kit to put together. I would only pick a project where I already have everything I need. The goal is not to leave the house to get things.
Love – If you have a beloved with you, this is the time. People are already saying that there will be babies nine months from now.
If you are alone, write emails or letters to friends. I know I still have fancy paper in a drawer. I used to love sealing them with a floral sticker. I was heavily into letter writing at one time. Email can be fun with photos, gifs, and stickers.
Growing – Some friends are making gardens and even those tiny herb gardens for the kitchen. Others are taking online classes. I was going to start up where I left off in French lessons with Duolingo.
Connecting but Practicing Social Distance- Social Media is the perfect way to socialize from a distance. In case you haven’t noticed a ton of conventions and conferences have canceled due to coronavirus. I was supposed to go to HELIOsphere in Tarrytown, NY next weekend but it canceled. Sad me. I am a cross-genre author fitting nicely into paranormal romance as well as science fiction and fantasy. More fantasy. Well, so many science fiction and fantasy fans were upset with all the cancellations, that they created Concellation 2020. It is a Facebook Group you join. You can unjoin when it ends. We are not sure when it will end. Laughs. Here it is, if you’re interested: https://www.facebook.com/groups/concellation/ Interesting note: With over 17 thousand people online, Concellation now surpasses the attendance of any science fiction and fantasy conference ever. They have everything a regular conference has.
With social media, you have the opportunity to connect with family and friends. I also do Facetime with family. Connecting with others is vitally important to emotional wellness.
Create A Plan: A lot of us who also had a day job, find being home so long baffling. Decide what to do each day.
This is only a Sample Plan:
-Walk in your driveway, on your property, or around the neighborhood if you can avoid other people. Remember to stay 6 feet away.
-Call for Deliveries needed.
-Pick something from your self-satisfaction list. Do one or two.
-Watch something fun if you can before bed. Spend time contemplating, meditating, in prayer, writing in a journal, or reading a book.
– Sweet dreams
*Try and limit how much news of the coronavirus you watch. It can get depressing. Right now, it is important to stay home to be safe.
**On going out only if you have to: I, personally, wear a mask and vinyl gloves if I must go to the bank drive-through, drug store drive-through, or in the supermarket. I am also immune suppressed. I wash my hands a ton. Please, don’t forget to wash your hands.
Have a happier self-isolation for a healthier you when all this is done. God Bless You and Stay Safe, Please.
Susan Hanniford Crowley
Note about the author: Susan has been married for 41 years, is a wife, mother, grandmother, and cancer warrior.
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