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2020 is Our Year Right

It’s only the beginning of April and 2020 is off to a {{insert curse word}} start.

COVID-19

One thing that I enjoy doing is watching and reading up on the news and current events. So there is no surprise that I have been watching the coronavirus wreak havoc on China since they released the information. Unfortunately, I was more focused on your lovely president almost starting World War III. When traveling to Hawaii in January, I watched CNN inform us about the increasing cases while everyone else was so focused on what money was going to be used by Meghan and Harry as they released their titles.

After 4 weeks or so I told my office manager, ” It’s not a matter of if, but when it gets to the USA,” if it wasn’t here already (I’m a firm believer that it was). It showed up, knocked down our door, and showed out. No one took it serious, but I started ordering cleaning supplies and left  a mask in my car. I started buying more canned and frozen foods before the hype. I started inquiring about better PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) from my job and made sure to keep hand sanitizer on me at ALL times.

Fast forward, here we are, currently lost on what day it is today and how long we’ve been in the house. Initially it was great, the introvert in me loved quarantined life. With my husbands job still trucking along it has been Brayli and I ALL.DAY.EVERY.DAY. and ya girl was/is exhausted.  The first two weeks were an adjustment. Honestly, it felt like having a newborn again. Now, I am back on the routine of napping when the kid naps because if not, it can and will take a toll on me. Also, the anxiety! Looking at the numbers had me shook and the more I read and watched the crazier my thoughts became. I had to take a step back and reevaluate what I’m doing during these times so that it wouldn’t drive me crazy. I’ve listed a few things thats helped me stay sane during these times.

  1. Wash your hands and clean your house
  • You should be doing both regardless, but I am not going to lie I have been extra vigilant during these time. I wipe and spray lysol on doorknobs, countertops, phones, key, etc at least twice a day. Once in the morning and once in the evening because my husband still leaves the house. You may not have to be as aggressive if no one is leaving the house. Make sure to keep some moisturizer handy as well.

     2. Outsource

  •   And tip well if you can!! You guys KNOW I am all for outsourcing. I currently use Instacart, Shipt, UberEATS, and Grubhub. Yes, its a few extra dollars, but for my current sanity its definitely warranted.

  3. Eat

  • In moderation of course– I would sit here and lie to myself and you all if I said I was going to use this time to diet. LIES! Yes I get bored and eat. Sometimes food is the only thing that feeds my comfort. Yes I ate ice cream 7 days in a row, but I made sure to do my next tip. Eventually I realize that I can’t live on that type of diet so I snap back to my semi healthy eating lifestyle.

     4. Workout

  • We literally have no excuse, but to workout at least 30 minutes out of the day. If you are like me and currently furloughed then you literally have nothing but time on your hands. Its so easy to be lazy during these times, but workouts are also good for your mental health. Include a walk outside and get fresh air. Keep the social distancing when you are outdoors, but get your Vitamin D. That will also help with your mood during these uncertain times.

     5. Turn off the news

  • This of course is a hard one for me, but in the beginning I was watching so much television and reading so many sources that I was beginning to have dreams about COVID-19. I made the decision to scale back and it has helped my anxiety tremendously. I would lie if I said that I don’t read a few articles a day, but it isn’t nearly as bad as it was.

     6. Pray and stay positive

  • Lets all remember that catching this disease DOES NOT mean its a death sentence. Its not fun. It has hit people that I know personally and I am thankful they are 100% back to themselves. 97-99% (I read the actual mortality rate is around .66%–it changes often) of people survive this disease. The media makes us focus on the deaths possibly to put more fear in us and its understandable, but I had to start looking at it from the positive side while continuing to trust that my God makes no mistakes.

 

Enjoy your time at home. Feel every emotion. Don’t feel pressured to do anything. Times are crazy and quite frankly, very scary. If you can focus long enough to be of some substance, then go for it! If not, it is okay and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Just remember that things will get better.

 

 

2 comments on “2020 is Our Year Right

  1. Lol not dreaming about COVID-19, lawd.

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