Strange times we’re living in. Cities in lock down, beaches closed, gatherings cancelled, jobs lost, people isolating in their homes. In the supermarket this morning, there were orange crosses on the floor at the checkouts to remind us not to get too close to each other.
I am being careful, following the instructions we’re given re hand washing, distancing etc. I am not at high risk. I am healthy, have no underlying heart or lung conditions, am not old (well, not very, anyway). And yet, as time goes on, I feel myself becoming more anxious. There is so much conflicting information out there about what to do and what not to do, attitudes that range from “she’ll be right, mate,” to, “I’m never going out again because I might die.”
Somewhere in the middle, there is sanity. And in these weird days ahead, here’s how I’m going to try and keep mine!
Do yoga. Even fifteen minutes a day. A few sun salutes, a couple of standing poses. A headstand. Some breathing.
Get out into greenery. I can still go to the park, walk the dogs, watch the swans on the pond.
Eat well. I haven’t stockpiled. I am trying to shop at the local shops, a little each day, rather than the big supermarkets, because they are the businesses that need us to spend our dollars at the moment.
Check in on elderly relatives and neighbours.
Write books. I have to admit, writing is rather slow at the moment. I can’t settle to it with all this other stuff going on.
Meditate. I’ve dowloaded an app. Now I have to remember to sit and do it! Then maybe I’ll calm down enough to write.
Watch movies. I watched The Secret History the other night. I loved the book and the film was good (I like Eric Bana!)
Stay in touch with friends and family by social media, phone, Skype or any other way possible.
I’m going to start knitting. Seems like a good opportunity to learn a new skill!
Most of all, though, I’m going to remind myself that one day, this will all be over.
Stay, well, stay sane, stay in touch.