My son hasn’t been to tumbling class in two weeks and it shows. I cannot tell you how many times I have told him to stop flipping or doing headstands on the couch today alone. So many times. This morning I used my kitchen counter to do a few barre exercises. We’re not missing our home-away-from-home at all.
In all honesty, our life hasn’t changed much these weeks. The only big difference in our routine is that we’re not leaving to go anywhere like the dance studio or church. Thank God for the internet as it allows us to connect. What about others that may not have that luxury though? I feel for them. I by nature am not an extrovert, but many of my friends are. I am completely fine staying home surrounded by books. I know not everyone is like that, though.
Some people experience anxiety from being shut up much in the same way that others experience it when forced to go out. I pray for peace over you. I hope that the weather in your area becomes and stays nice so that maybe you can get outside. I hope that you are able to stay in contact with friends and family and that connection helps ease any anxiety you may feel.
Just last night my best friend and I were joking about making the same meal one night and then video chatting to have a dinner “together”. Perhaps you, too, could set up a night like that with friends and family. Another suggestion is to open all your blinds and curtains. Let the outside in even if its an overcast day. I have learned the hard way that being shut up without windows open can cause varying levels of depression. I’ve already said that if we ever move again, our next house has to have floor to ceiling windows similar to what we have now. They let in so much light, I love it.
I know that it may seem like this separation will never end. It will. I promise. Until then, remember that this quarantine is for a good reason. Stay connected to people any way you can, get creative even. Plan a dinner or movie night with your circle via telephone. Seriously, pick a show or movie, pop some popcorn or make the same meal, and then call each other (or text if that’s your thing) so you can feel like they’re really there with you. Also, make your bed. If your bed is nicely made, it might make it easier to resist the temptation to climb back in it again.
I hope these ideas help you if you’re struggling with this quarantine. If you have any additional ideas, I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment and tell me how you’re handling this season of separation. Peace to you, my friends!