Cabin Fever, You?
Well I've been officially social distancing since Sunday night because of COVID-19. I mean it's kind of nice, but it's also kinda not. As someone who has always had a hard time learning how to entertain myself at home and someone who gets stir crazy easily, this truly hasn't been the greatest. However, I just have to keep reminding myself that everyone else is in the same boat.
And that's why I'm writing today. I had to get up off the couch and do something I felt was somewhat productive and do something for myself that isn't sitting on the couch watching re-runs of That 70's Show or playing video games.
At the moment I'm still working but after this week it will definitely be a lot less. I'm already self-employed and work from home, but now the industry I work in is being affected by this pandemic. My workload is being cut, I've lost communication with my Podcast clients because they are out of the office, and a lot of events I'm supposed to be a part of are starting to get postponed and cancelled. And so my day and my calendar are slowly starting to empty out, and so is my bank account.
Nonetheless, I must carry on. We all must carry on.
And at least one bonus is since I can't go out and do anything because everything is closed, the little bit of money that I have trickling in I have nothing careless to spend it on. So that's a bonus at least.
I've been seeing a lot on social media about what people are doing to keep themselves occupied during this rough time. I have a friend who started crafting. I've seen others start painting, drawing, and writing music. I've been seeing people workout at home. People are reading those books they've been meaning to get to. Sitting down and getting something done they've been putting off. Some people are cleaning out their clutter and closets. Going for that walk outside they haven't yet done this Spring.
Maybe this is a good time to dive into something you've always wanted to do, but never taken the time to actually do it. There are so many things you can be doing that don't cost money or that you don't have to leave the house to do. As shitty of a situation as this is, it's also a time to self-reflect and do something new.
How often do you play a board game with your family? How often do you Facetime your friend in another country? How many times have you started something and never finished it because you just "don't have the time."
Well now you have the time. So do it. The world may be in panic and people are worried but it's also a good chance to distract yourself from that and do something productive. You don't have to go out and do something heroic, but you can do something heroic for yourself. Do mediation. Write that blog. Read that book. Call your Grandma. Self-reflect and set some personal goals. Do that hobby you've put work ahead of for the last 5 years. Take that walk in the conservation park (as long as you're distancing from others doing the same.)
We have to look out for ourselves mentally and physically in this crappy time. This could continue on for longer than we are expecting, and so now is the time to take action and do something for yourself. Before you know it we will be back at work, back living our day-to-day life and brushing off the little things again.
Tomorrow I'm going to take the time to write down some things I want to accomplish during this time, so you might see me a little more active here on my blog because of it. This blog is something I really enjoy doing, but something I brush off because I don't take the time or don't feel inspired. Well just like you, now I have the time.
Try not to worry. Try not to panic. Trust that the Government is doing what they can to help and that things will bounce back sooner than later. Nothing is forever.