Quarantine has been an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least. Honestly, at the beginning of this, I thought two weeks of staying home could be a good time to unwind and unplug. For me, those ideas were quickly taken away by the toddler climbing on my shoulders and a husband asking what was for lunch… As this illness escalated through Europe and into our own country, panic started to settle in. People around us were taking precautions to the next level (i.e. toilet paper), and at 30 weeks pregnant, I didn’t even know if I should go outside, let alone into a grocery store. I would watch the news and just get more confused by the state of our country. And just when we thought this would be over by April, they slapped us with another month of staying home.
Through all the frustration and worry, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. And being the strong woman that we are, I know we are all doing our best to put things into perspective. If we stop for a minute to think about the last month, quarantine has forced us to do things we normally wouldn’t even consider. And I don’t know about you, but there are a few positive changes I want to take into Summer (unlike my New Year Resolutions).
Ok, ok I know this is an easy one. But when you are forced to #stayhome, you quickly realize how much you miss fresh air. Daily walks or playing in the backyard are staples at our house right now, and it’s helped keep everyone a little more sane. I want to keep this up, even through the heat of the Summer, and not take the outdoors for granted. Next goal: find a fun walking trail!
I’ll be honest, I cook at home more than the average Jane, but quarantine has me getting creative. I have quickly learned that my hubby will eat just about anything (lucky me!), and with a few pantry staples, I can cook easy meals and have leftovers for lunch all week. My 2 year old is a different story but that’s why I keep a hefty stock of chicken nuggets in the freezer… don’t judge me!
I am admittedly bad at communicating with friends. I’m the girl who reads a text but gets easily distracted by work or my child who is climbing on the top shelf in the refrigerator. It took a world pandemic for me to get on a virtual hangout with some of my best friends, and it was the best night I’ve had in a long time. This is not only something I want to keep doing, but I’m moving this higher on my priority list. Friend-time is a form of self-care and no one can tell me differently!
Obviously, we are all itching to get to Happy Hour at the nearest bar, but I’ve learned that unplugging and removing yourself from social pressure has actually been a blessing. Maybe two months of going off the grid is a bit much, and I don’t wish this on any of us again, but taking time for yourself, for your family, and for your relationships is never a bad thing, even if it’s forced upon you by the United States of America.
This one speaks for itself. Sure, there are some people I enjoy staying 6 ft. away from (oops, should I not have said that...) but I know we all have a list of people we are dying to hug! Drive by's, waving through the window, and virtual / emoji hugs just aren't the same. When all this dies down, hugs will be a little tighter and held a little longer, and that’s the way it should be.
Final Note: My prayers go out to all those who have been affected by this virus. Whether it's you, a friend, or a family member, your perspective changes when it hits close to home, and my heart goes out to you. Know that you are not alone. Hang in there! We got this!