Fun with Social Distancing:
Since I am stuck at home, too, I have been working on a list of things that I can do to make good use of this time. My kids will all be home by the end of tomorrow. I know that they will be climbing the walls. And indeed, to protect me, they have to get it through their heads that this is not a time to run and play. Social distancing only works if we all buy in. I have noticed a few people posting pictures of themselves in empty restaurants and other venues mocking social distancing and enjoying the lack of crowds and lines. These are the people that will end up making others sick. They are also the people that will lengthen this lockdown period. I hope That we can cooperate and show an enhanced amount of compassion for others. In the meantime, back to the list!
1- Exploring creativity- This is a great time to work on existing creative projects. It's also a fabulous time to start a new one. Okay, so perhaps you can't run out to the store and grab everything you need. You may have to get creative with what you already have. However, isn't that a creative endeavor in itself? Working with your hands will help to pass the time as well as help you to stay grounded and centered. Many people find working with their hands to be a movie meditation of sorts as well.
2- Write Your Memoirs- I have been harping on this for a while now and for a good reason. Nobody knows your stories quite like you do. Memoirs are a collection of stories. Autobiographies start at the beginning and stick to a timeline. Memoirs do not. They are easier and more enjoyable to write because you can write whatever story of your life you choose as you feel compelled to. Perhaps you want to write about your college experiences, and those experiences take you back to a lesson in grade school. It's all good. If you are struggling to know where to start, use an oracle deck. Pull a card from the deck and sit with the message on that card, asking yourself, how does this card relate to my life. Nearly always, a story of your life will come flooding in. Memoirs will make you laugh and occasionally make you cry. You may end up putting them together to share with others, and then again, maybe you won't. The stories of your life are valuable, and they deserve to be written.
3- Play games. If you don't have anybody in person to play games with, play online games with friends. Ellen has this great app called Psych. Our whole family has it downloaded on their phones, and we can play the game together wherever we are. That has proven to be a fun way to connect and pass some time.
4- Read! Read old favorites and new ones. In this digital age, you have millions of books at your fingertips. If you do not have a Kindle or other kind of e-book, don't worry. You can download the Kindle app on any device. Perhaps you will fall down a rabbit hole learning about a subject that is interesting to you. Reading and researching is a fabulous way to use some of this time.
5- Connect! Okay, so I know that you are probably not able to connect in person right now, but this is an excellent time to reach out by phone to people that you care about. Particularly consider those who are stuck home alone. Some people will relish the idea of being grounded to their homes, but to others, this is the hellish nightmare. You are in a beautiful position to be of support.
6- Watch movies- this is pretty obvious, I know, and I'm sure that we will all watch TV until we are absolutely sick of it. However, you have time right now to look for media that is thought-provoking, fun, and maybe even off the beaten path. May I suggest Stargirl on Disney Plus.
7- Connect with Mother Nature. Open the windows and the blinds, let some fresh air in and allow the sunlight to fill up your space every day. If you can get away from others and get out into nature, that would be incredible. I know some of you don't live in places where that is quite as easy as others. If this had happened in the summer, I suspect that we may have loaded up our camper and headed for the mountains. Staying connected to your health is vital for your emotional and spiritual health right now, in any way that you can, safely.
Whatever you decide to do, my challenge for you and me both is to balance online time with offline time. Keep your sense of humor; you are going to need it. Be wise and keep an eye on news that you need, but don't spend all of your time buried in bad news. You are going to be okay. I am going to be okay. This is certainly a time in our lives that we will never, ever forget.