These last few weeks have been so crazy for all of us. It’s surreal, frustrating, full of worry, and so many other emotions. The happenings of COVID-19 have affected us in so many ways, and even though we will get through it all (though it may seem like a long road ahead), most of realize that our lives are forever changed.
It has been so difficult to handle all the emotions felt when your sense of normalcy is taken away from you. To be quite honest, I can’t keep up with the news very much. Not only is it depressing, but it’s also information overload, and I don’t know what is accurate and what isn’t. It has my anxiety (that I’ve been trying to battle for years) at an all-time high.
I’m constantly worried because my husband works at the hospital, and my in-laws both work for food places that are still considered essential. The fear that they may one day catch it, or bring it home is a daily battle. The fear of the unknown and the long road to recovery ahead is almost too much to bear and has put me (and I’m sure everyone else) at a very low point of in life.
So, I’ve tried to combat this worry of COVID-19 with a new mindset and to find the silver lining and find the pockets of good in a world of (what feels like) evil. I feel like that is the only way that we as humans can keep going and get through this. And because writing is my outlet, I thought I’d share it.
Teachers have the toughest job
Even though my 2 youngest kids are not in school yet, having the girls both at home every day for the past few weeks has given me a new appreciation for teachers. Trying to keep both girls entertained and being productive is super difficult. The fact that teachers do this daily, for 9-10 months of the year, with multiple kids absolutely blows my mind.
And now, most of them now must incorporate their teaching methods online virtually, without any proper training on how to do it. My teenager is taking virtual classes and I’m glad that he still has a chance to learn during his day! I have a couple of close friends that are teachers, and I really see that it takes a special person with a big heart to do what they do. Teachers need a lot more credit than the deserve, don’t let them forget it!
We take a LOT for granted
With the world shutting down, there is a lot of things that are missed. Things that we normally didn’t even think about, become occurrences that we long for. Trips to Target where you could browse and look at things you didn’t need, or eating at a restaurant, gatherings with friends, or even a handshake with a stranger. I will say the one thing that I really miss is getting my nails done, but I will be resourceful and do them myself!
All jokes aside, we must remember and cherish the things that we still DO have. A home that we can safely be in while we are all in quarantine. Food in our pantries and fridges. Water and electricity. My heart goes out to those that may not have that same leisure while we are in this part of our lives.
I’ve also reflected on things that I can learn from going through this experience, so that I can make changes to better mine and my families lives overall. I’ve always believed that every experience you go through, especially if it’s a bad one, will hand you a life lesson. And going through COVID has taught me many.
Be more mindful of the food that you use and dispose of
I hate to admit it, but prior to COVID-19 I didn’t realize how much food I would waste. Fruits or bread that would go bad, I’d dump and not think twice about it because I would just restock on my next grocery run (another weekly task that I took for granted).
But COVID-19 has taught me to be more resourceful and to be more mindful of the food that I have. And there are things now that I implement on a weekly basis to try and preserve what I have. For example, fruits that start to go bad, I make sure to clean them and then seal them in baggies to store in the freezer. They make a great addition to smoothies and if most of your fruits are frozen, you’ll need little to no ice when blending.
COVID-19 has taught me to be a bit more mindful of expiration dates. Now if I know there is something that is going to expire soon, like bread, I’ll try and use it up any way I can. Make French toast and freeze it, or use it twice during the day, toast for the morning, and grilled cheese for later. I think we have gotten somewhat spoiled in the world we live in today, and it has taught us to be more resourceful with what we have.
I mean, my Granny told me of a time where there was no such thing as baby formula. She had 4 kids and she would make her own using evaporated milk! So, if they can do it (she is in her 70’s), SO CAN WE!
COVID-19 Lesson: Slowing down is a good thing
Obviously, COVID-19 is NOT the way we wanted the world to slow down. But it has all forced us, in one way or another, to reexamine our lives. The things that we used to worry about, and the pressure to be constantly on the go have disappeared. Now all that matters is our health and the safety of each other. Sure, most of us are going stir crazy (if you’re doing this right!!) in our homes.
But we are getting that time with family that we don’t usually have. My kids may not fully comprehend what’s going on, but they love the fact that Mom is now home every day. Use the time that you have given wisely! Read that book you’ve been wanting to read for months. Try out that new recipe you’ve saved on Pinterest and have the kids help you. Finish that DIY home project. This is time that we will look back on and be grateful that we had.
COVID-19: There will always be the helpers
It’s super hard to find the good when there is so much bad, but if you look closely, it’s out there. When I’m online, I try my best to avoid the negative information around COVID-19 (though it may be difficult) and read the stories out there that remind me to have faith and hope.
Mila’s dance school and others all around doing online classes for FREE. The elderly getting access to early shopping. Those who know how to sew spending their own time and money to make masks and donate them to those in the health care industry. There ARE pockets of good right now. And we can do our part now by staying home. It’s a simple feat that will flatten the curve. Not going out, unless necessary, will allow us to be heroes of our own.
This is a very trying time for us, but we must take it one day at a time. Know where to get the most accurate and up to date information, like the CDC or hospital websites. Adhere to their warnings and recommendations, and we all get through this time, together. This too, WILL past. Be smart, and stay safe!
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I’d love to hear from you. Comment below on things you’ve learned or realized during this difficult time. Thank you for stopping by and reading!