We are still here in #shelterinplace. My state has been lifted for certain businesses with regulations (except for the medically compromised who are supposed to #shelterinplace until June 12), but we are still choosing to be home, and #socialdistancing is still in place. So, I guess our life isn’t changing too much right now.
Interestingly, it really didn’t change a ton from before #shelterinplace. We were used to being home all together when my spouse wasn’t traveling, we were used to all the kids schooling here for the most part, and we were all used to taking care of the house and cooking all the meals because we really didn’t go out to eat a lot as a family (expensive for 5 people, right?) with all of us being home. We did homeschool before, although our high schoolers were in outside classes that moved to online, so with this the major changes were that we had less places to go, and my spouse stopped traveling for awhile.
The hardest part was not being able to see family and friends, and also the lines of school and work not having really set times as well as we normally do, especially in the beginning. It all just kind of blended in together, but putting in school and work limits are important for sanity and to not feel glued to the computer all the time.
However, what I did notice that was positive: since there were less places to be we exercised more, we walked daily, we did more puzzles and things like that together, we baked more (good thing we offset it with exercise), and I actually de-compressed after about six weeks and watched three nights of movies in a row (unheard of) and took a few naps, which I don’t normally do! We all also read a lot, which we normally did, but now I don’t feel like we were trying to squish the reading in amongst other things. I think we were also more intentional with our home spiritual life, since we were used to being at a place of worship each week and couldn’t go.
So, the things I want to keep from quarantine life:
Less places to run around to! I know we will be driving to outside classes again in the fall assuming everything opens up completely, but I hope to really keep all the automated deliveries of groceries and household items, to call and/or use telehealth for various medical things, to call and have shipped things like the supplements I take or contact lenses or whatever. This will help limit the places I go.
To continue walking daily and to keep exercising at home. I love the gym and will be back there, but I hope that will be on top of a great home routine!
To put limits on the hours I work (self-employed) so I can have a good balance.
To make Friday nights a crockpot or grill dinner night and time for our family to gather – kids’ friends welcome, of course.
To make Saturday a day to spend out in nature. We usually do this, but just to keep it on my radar. We are lucky to have a yard and our neighborhood connects to trails that we have been able to use daily during this.
To really keep connecting with the people that I have had Zoom calls with and friends that I have kept close contact with during this time. Their checking in made a world of difference.
To not put off taking vacations – this has proved we don’t know what will come, so take the vacation! We had a vacation planned for the first time in two years when this happened, but I hope we get to go somewhere again!
My newfound spiritual traditions – for my religion, using The Book of Common Prayer daily, which in the past I have gone through great spurts of diligence and not, and reading our sacred texts.
What will YOU be keeping from #shelterinplace? What are you excited to get back to?
Blessings and love, stay healthy,