Hello friend! I hope you are doing well. What a couple of months this has been, right? It’s been a hard month for me personally and throwing this quarantine stuff in the mix just threw me off completely. I’ve been describing my life as feeling like I am in The Twilight Zone at times. When all of this first happened, I told my husband, that I don’t think I ever had the thought that something like this could happen.
I never thought the U.S. (and really the entire world) could shut down for months at a time. When I was witnessing the panic buying and seeing the empty shelves, I still could not believe what was happening.
I am a very positive “glass half full” kind of gal. I get stubborn and don’t want to say this has been hard, but it has. For me, it has been more of the mental aspect of it. Not going out. Not being able to keep my daily/ monthly schedule. Not getting to plan something fun like dinner with friends or date night with the husband. It’s all been mentally challenging. As a stay at home mom, those are the things that help me feel “normal” again. Getting those breaks and time with adults to talk and have fun. The worst was the fear of not being able to find the things we needed for the boys. Not being able to control how this might affect our own kids was the hardest mentally.
The reach this virus has had on everything has been so frustrating to me. The shock of the panic it caused. The empty shelves at our stores (still to this day.) People losing their jobs. Businesses being shut down. Hearing governs in other states encourage people to snitch on non-essential businesses trying to keep their businesses alive. Women giving birth alone not being able to have their husbands with them. It’s just unfathomable to me. It’s even affecting the way I have to run my small Etsy shop. Our printers are behind. Our abroad mail is ridiculously behind. It’s just all frustrating feeling like we can’t control anything in our own lives.
Now for more of a positive note! I have loved having my husband home from work with us. We have been using that extra time to have lunch together or go for quick walks around the neighborhood together. Him being home has also given me a chance to go for afternoon runs. That has been a nice mental break for me as well. He has also been able to start a health program he has been wanting to do for a long time. Best of all he gets more time with the boys. They especially love him being home.
It’s all hard on everyone in different ways. Everyone has different strong opinions on this. It’s affected people on so many different ways. My heart goes out to you in any way you have been feeling.
I wanted to share with you what has worked best for me to get through tough times. I have been making it intentional to focus on the good. When I feel myself going down the rabbit hole of negativity, I literally in my head say “stop.” I right away start listing out what I am thankful for. That in itself has changed so much for me. I also only allow myself to catch up on important news in the morning and then turn it off.
That way I’m caught up on what’s going on. But, I don’t have to be burned with the constant negativity all day. I keep a schedule to get my goals around the house done that I need to each day. I make playtime with the boys more intentional. I read books and listen to podcasts that inspired me to be better.
I stay connected to God with prayer and tune into my church online every Sunday. I exercise or at least go for a walk every day. I try to do something to help someone else any chance I have. If I can, I bake! I love baking for others. Lastly, I rest when I need it. I don’t know if I’m the only one but if I take time to rest I feel so guilty! I have made myself stop feeling that way. We all have to recharge. Unplugging and resting is what works the most for me.
I hope you all have been able to find your light in this crazy situation. Cheers to being back out there hopefully very soon!
P.S. If baking/cooking delicious food is something you enjoy; treat yo self and get the second Magnolia cookbook ASAP!
*(The link is is my Friday Finds!)*