For many life has changed substantially over the last few weeks. Staying at home might seem like fun for a few days but it does present it’s own challenges. No matter what your situation is, adapting to change can be very difficult. Many of us will have Good days and bad days.
Restrictions on daily life and uncertainty about what will happen if you do get sick can be very scary and this is evidenced by the rush on toilet paper and associated panic buying. Dealing with the loss of freedom due to restrictions are nicely described in this post. But of course while some of us are staying home to prevent the spread of the virus many people deemed key workers are still required to go out to work and many people are trying to continue work while their kids are home from school.
At the start of my time working from I found it challenging to get going. I hadn’t got as far as organizing a dinning room table which could be used as a desk. So it was very helpful when my sister shared this article. This article focuses on academia but is is a good reminder that we are all facing our challenges.
We all need to find our own ways to cope. We need to recognize that there will be good days and bad days but in the crazy time we are currently living through this is normal and fine. I intend to keep my blog posts positive an upbeat. In the past I have found that finding the positive or humorous aspects of a situation to blog about are a great way to help me stay positive. This will help me cope with the bad days.
I also really come to appreciate how exercise can help with feeling good when you are having a bad day. I really noticed this a few weeks ago when I was feeling particularly stressed and angry about my situation. Fortunately in the UK we are permitted to leave the house once per day for exercise. So a long ride on my bike helped me to feel much better. Now the challenge is to find ways to exercise at home or in other ways that are sensible and safe.
During this crazy time it is good to recognize that there will be good days and bad days. Try to find ways to stay sane and stay safe.