Call us: 317-863-6673

Waiting Out a Pandemic…How to Pass the Time During Coronavirus

Waiting Out a Pandemic…How to Pass the Time During Coronavirus

Waiting Out a Pandemic…How to Pass the Time During Coronavirus

Many of us are under “shelter in place” or “quarantine” orders and we’re all going nuts. If you can’t work from home, or even if you can, you have free time on your hands. What to do? You can binge watch only so much Netflix or Hulu, and then you need to do something else. What else?

  • If you are working from home and/or you’re a parent with children at home, that actually helps because it imposes some kind of routine and gives shape to your days. Even if you don’t have external pressure to create a daily structure, make one anyway. Try to get up at a certain time each day. Have certain things that you do each day, like going over the door handles with an antiseptic wipe.
  • Make three meals a day. This is best to do epidemic or not, but right now it can help give a natural structure to each day. Try to make your meals balanced and nutritious, but if you lean more toward the comfortable, fun, and easy, it’s all good. We’ve all been to the grocery stores and seen the empty shelves. Meal plans are not so easy right now. Keep it simple, try to have fun with it, and if you just want to make bacon sandwiches sometimes, go for it.
  • Get outside. You don’t have to stay in the house all the time unless you know you’ve been exposed. So go out, observe social distancing (stay at least six feet away from other people and wave to your neighbors instead of stopping to chat), and get some fresh air and exercise.
  • The trips you make to the grocery store or pharmacy are another way to be outside. It may sound strange, but enjoy it. Take your time because there’s no reason to rush. If you see people with carts full of what seems like half the items in the store, resist the urge to panic buy. Get what you need right now, for the current week. If you’re shopping for necessities and are worried you don’t have enough at home in case the supply chains go down, buy a little more than you need each time you go out to slowly build up your stash, but only buy a little extra. If everyone chills out, the supply chains won’t be so stressed and the stores can fill up again.
  • If you have stress you can’t get rid of, look for an outlet. Write about it in a journal. Do some exercise, even if it’s just jumping jacks, pushups, or crunches. Meditate. What I like to do is clean. Get out the vacuum and go room to room, dust the furniture, scrub out the tub, clean the windows…the whole bit. The bonus is that your living space is that much more livable when you’re through, and during this epidemic we should be trying to keep our living areas clean anyway.
  • Journaling is a good outlet for stress, but it’s also good for times when you’re really feeling the isolation and need something to fill up that space. Reading is good for that too, as well as video chatting with people to see friendly faces and hear familiar voices. The best cure for isolation is interaction, and journaling, reading, and video chats each in their own way provide you with the chance for interaction.
  • Now is the time to do that thing you’ve always meant to do around the house (or apartment or whatever) but never had the time. You know what I’m talking about. We all have something. Do it!
  • Now might be a good time to start a hobby, too. Is there an interest you have always considered exploring, but you never had the time? Now’s the time!
  • Remember that you aren’t truly isolated in an age of fast Internet connections, smartphones, and social media. It’s easy to keep in touch with people digitally. Just don’t dwell on endless hot takes on the epidemic. It also doesn’t matter if some celebrity is sad that he’s had to stay inside his mansion for a couple days. Get in touch with the people who matter—family, friends—and talk. Make each other laugh. That is how we get through this, by pulling together instead of apart.