I keep seeing urges to make the most of our time at home. Learn something new! Make something! The call is to do something with our time.
I feel the urge, but also this is just hard.
Even for our family. We homeschool. I am a stay-at-home mom (who also writes) and my husband works from home.
Our base of operations is our home.
This should be easy.
And while it is easier for us, it is still hard. All our our places to let off steam are closed. There is stress about getting sick, stress about family getting sick, and stress about everything else surrounding a pandemic. Because who knew what it would involve until now.
It’s hard to know how to handle it and I think the only way to deal is to realize, none of us knows. We are all experiencing it differently. We are all doing the best we can. And each of us will need different things to be healthy.
Some of us might need to jump full into project mode.
Some of us might need to pare back to the minimum.
And many of us will probably go back and forth between all the options (no matter how we are portraying that online).
We are all also heading online for connection so the urge to compare our circumstances or our coping mechanisms or our health or unease might be even greater than normal.
So as you’re dealing with however this is effecting your life, remember we are all in this situation, but we all are still different.
Rest, zone out, or create at will.
We’ll figure it out.
A lot of people have been dealing with this feeling outloud on twitter. Here’s my current favorite way of putting it:
What has your strategy been these days? Have you been able to be kind to yourself?