- Don’t take anything for granted. Initially for me this meant manicures, eyelash refills, dining out and shopping. I had to cancel several trips and events because of this pandemic. How frustrating! This feeling quickly grew into missing friends and family the most. Being able to have brunch with a bestie or watch Sophia hug her pop-pop is something I never want to take for granted again.
- It’s ok to be scared! At first I was ashamed for feeling scared and anxious. I have my health, my job, and a roof over my head so who am I to complain when there are so many people in the world suffering? But I realized it’s ok to be scared. This is all brand new to us and there are so many uncertainties. It’s honestly hard not to feel anxious when watching the news – I’ve since set a limit and only check the news once a day which has done wonders for my anxiety. I pray for a healthy pregnancy and my heart goes out to those people who are in need or suffering during this time.
- This is not a productivity race. I often see people on social media at home living their best lives – baking cakes, painting their home, etc. It’s important to remember that everyone’s situation is different. Single people, or couples with no kids may now have more free time to pick up a hobby than parents working who are now also tasked to take care of young toddlers (like me!) while still working full time.
- Take advantage of sunny days and warm weather. I live in the east coast, where even though it’s spring, it can still be cold outside. I find myself constantly checking the weather forecast to plan when we can take daily walks or grill on the roof deck. Fresh air and sun can do wonders to refresh your mind.
- Take time to practice self care in ways that bring you joy. For example, I may not be able to go to a spa right now, but finding alternatives I can practice at home such as doing my own nails or using face masks can be an instant mood booster! Me and my hubby have date nights at home to try to break up the week and keep things fun. Make it a goal to try and treat yourself to something you can still enjoy during this time.
In the early days of quarantine, I would sometimes cry and wish for things to return to “normal”. My husband reminded me there is no normal because life is always changing, and he’s right. This is our new normal, and it may be here for a little while whether we like it or not. This quarantine has taught me to appreciate the little things in life more, and to better embrace change and all the craziness that goes along with it. Life may be different and a little strange at the moment, but it is still so very beautiful!