In my family, social distancing is definitely hardest for my six year old son. He has always been very energetic and extroverted- so being cooped up with his parents all day everyday for SIX WEEKS is a huge challenge. We are doing our best at homeschooling and grateful to his teachers for sending him a variety of daily tasks. However, it’s easy to get frustrated – the best approach is to be kind and gentle. If something isn’t working, take a break and come back to it later. Sanity and kindness is what is most important in these strange times.
Sometimes staying inside with the same people can be really challenging. Make sure to find ways to get some time to yourself, especially if you are responsible for caring for others. It is not selfish – you able to better care for those who need it when you are coming from a stable foundation yourself.
I will do my best to keep fresh material coming – however lockdown has greatly hampered my ability to take more photographs! I captured this fine specimen today – a gift from my partner when he visited Poland.
Just a friendly reminder that you actually don’t have to learn a new skill or be mega-productive during lockdown. It is perfectly fine to ride it out your own way – if that means you learn a new language or discover a new law of science fantastic! If that means you watch a bunch of TikToks and take a lot of naps that’s fantastic too! The global situation is emotionally taxing for us all and we all have different ways of coping – and that is completely ok.
It is difficult to see other people not social distancing. However, sometimes doing the right thing is difficult and not the easiest choice. When you stay inside and avoid others, you are helping the world fight against the virus. You can’t control what others do, but know that what you are doing is helping. Plus there is an internet full of goat pictures, cat memes, and hilarious videos to tide us over until it’s all over!
It is ok to not be ok in this situation. COVID-19 really sucks, and I have been locked down for 34 days. However, the longer we can all hold out and stay hunkered down, the more of us there will be to celebrate with when it is all over. Stay apart, stay alive, stay safe y’all.
It’s amazing how even during lockdown Monday rolls around again and feels like…a Monday! It’s good to stick to routines even if you have to create some new ones due to current events.
One year ago today, my family and I were traveling home from our spring holiday. Travel worn and whatnot, I shared a picture of a goat that I took in 2011 when I lived in Delhi, India. To think of how now we are staying in place and haven’t really left our neighborhood in nearly a month is pretty crazy. Sometimes all you need is already right around you. However, I am holding onto hope that we will have future adventures, near and far. Also, I am pretty sure this goat knew the secrets of the universe. Worth sharing again!
Even if you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, make sure to keep practicing self care and go extra easy on yourself. Lockdown is not easy but there are some silver linings here and there, plus the hope of a better world once the danger is over.
We are nearly a month in and who knows how much longer lockdowns and quarantines will last so keep checking in digitally and distancing socially.