It is finally February, we made it through January which is always an exceptionally long month, even more so in this current state of the world.
With a COVID vaccine released, it seems like we should be moving in the right direction; however, the distribution and administering is just not fast enough. We are still months, most likely a year or more, away from any kind of normal life we knew this time last year. Everyone seems to be struggling, which is understandable, and at different levels on different days. From a personal perspective, 'I have been struggling for the last 2 weeks for, who-knows-why-slash-ALL-the-reasons.'
I came across this quote last week and it felt all too familiar with my recent feelings:
Pandemic fine (noun)
a state of being in which you are employed and healthy during a pandemic, but you are also tired and depressed and feel like trash all the time.
When asked (on a daily basis it seems) how I am, "I'm Fine" will be my reply. We all say this, it's our knee-jerk response to the question, even when we are not fine. Socially, culturally, from an ego perspective.... many of us really struggle to admit that we are not 'fine'.
With so much uncertainty in the World, we need to find new ways to help ourselves as well as help others during this most difficult time of our lives. Asking for help when you need it, is so key. I KNOW how hard that is, but trust me, your support system will help. And when they do, it lifts them up as well so it's a WIN/WIN for everyone!
Additionally, being conscientious about what you can do for yourself can really help as well; search for new options, try new things, do things differently. Most importantly, HAVE AT LEAST ONE THING A WEEK TO GET OUT AND DO AND LOOK FORWARD TO!!
Here are a few suggestions:
Schedule time with friends and loved ones via video chat or in person for a walk.
Schedule girls’ happy hour with some girlfriends.
Schedule a ‘date night’ with your spouse/partner, make a special meal, dress up.
Watch a movie with a friend via video chat, whether in the same town or located across the country or another continent. (Brenda and I have done this on Saturday evenings).
Read more, write in a journal.
Sign up for virtual tours of someplace you have always wanted to visit.
Sign up for virtual cooking class.
Sign up for virtual painting class.
Sign up for virtual exercise class: Yoga, Barre, Pilates, etc.
Sign up for virtual language class
Sign up for virtual music, learn how to play the guitar
There are so many new and different options available now. Get a friend on-board, that always helps to make you show up and more fun. Remember you are not alone with your ‘pandemic fine’ and it is okay to not be fine every day. Also remember to start your day with the mindset you are going to have a good day, always keep that faith.
We are all in this together,