It feels like day gazillion of the coronavirus quarantine and I am definitely feeling anxious and a bit blue today. How are you guys hanging in there?
Before, I go any further with this post let me say I am aware of all the following:
- I am lucky I am healthy and that my family is healthy.
- I am lucky that my husband’s business has been deemed essential, so he is able to keep his company going.
- Many people have lived through far worse than what I am dealing with at the moment.
I get all of the above, but it doesn’t change the fact that somedays this quarantine can really drive a person crazy!
I was trying to figure out why one day I am fine and then the next, it really gets to me.
I think I found one possible reason today…it feels like I am living in the movie “Groundhog Day”. Are you familiar with the Bill Murray classic, where each day his character wakes up and has to relive the same day all over again? This quarantine is really starting to feel like that to me.
Normally, I am a creature of habit. I like routine. It makes me feel safe and in control of my life. These days, I am beginning to think that too much routine might not always be a good thing. So…I decided to brainstorm some ideas of how I can shake things up a bit.
Maybe these ideas will help you too!
- Workout outside instead of in my basement.
- Make a dinner/type of dish I have never made before.
- Hang out, fold laundry or work on my laptop in rooms I am rarely in, for instance, the living room or the rec room.
- Find a new podcast to listen to while cleaning the house.
- Style my hair differently than I normally would…actually maybe just style it at all. Haha!
- Make a new playlist to listen to.
- Facetime someone I haven’t spoken to in a long time.
- Take my dogs for a walk on a new route.
- Ask my kids to make dinner for us one night. Let them plan the menu.
- Watch a new television show.
- Eat a meal with the kids in front of the tv, using tv trays and watch a family movie.
- Start a new online bible study.
- Have a theme night with my family—anything goes…food, music, clothing, games, etc.
- Write a card to a friend or family member via snail mail, letting them know I am thinking of them.
- Download a new game to play on my phone.
Have you found you need to switch up your routine to make each day a little less like the day before? If so, please share your ideas in the comments below.