I am back! Here in Alabama, many of the restrictions with “Safer-At-Home” are being lifted. Before I venture back out, I want to talk about the Lessons I learned During COVID 19 Safer-At-Home Time. Starting with the first-Quarantine The Media!
Lesson # 1- Quarantine The Media
I will be honest, when I all this started, I got depressed. It wasn’t about the social distancing, the loss of my planned activities, or the restrictions on travel, shopping, or the fear of catching the virus. The media was causing my depression. The constant negativity was causing me sleepless nights, high anxiety, and my gastritis was back full force.
So for my mental, as well as my physical health, I decided to turn off all media, including social media. After I quarantined the media, amazing things happened.
Starting The Day With A Positive Attitude
Instead of being bombarded with death tolls, job losses, stock losses, so-called experts doom and gloom predictions, I greeted each day with positive anticipation.
One of my mother’s favorite sayings was, “It is what it is”. I can’t change it or make it go away. So, let us make the best of it.
Using Quarantine Time To Catch Up On Projects
I started my list of “Things To Do” and went to work full force. How many times have I said, “if I could just have a month to catch up”? Well, I have it now so I need to make the most of it.
I completed my Spring Cleaning Checklist in record time. My closet went through a seasonal Closet Organizing And Purging. I continued my Decluttering Of The Nest and more Organizing My Kitchen. Finally, I made it outside (it has been a very rainy Spring) for some Sprucing Up The Outside. I was a mad, crazy cleaning and organizing machine!
Stop, Change Of Plan
With my mother’s health deteriorating, I needed to be closer in case her healthcare workers were unable to come to her home. So I moved down to the beach. At the beach, I didn’t have my “To-Do List” to lean on. So I made the mistake of going back to look at the media.
NO- Don’t Do It!
Oh, it was worse than a sugar fix. I couldn’t get enough of it, “talking heads”, “conspiracy theorist”, “the social media, now turned medical experts”. It felt like I was getting dragged down a deep dark hole, worrying about everybody and everything.
So I turned to the one person I knew could give me peace- God. I prayed hard that he would give me the strength to turn away from this evil. Yes, it is evil.
New Start- Media Free Take Two
I did it, I went cold turkey with a total media detox. With that, I needed to fill my time, so I looked towards nature. The beaches were closed, but my neighborhood has lots of great walking trails. I started daily walks, the fresh air and sunshine were healing. Added some “social distancing” bike rides, and daily swims in my heated pool for exercise. But mostly, quiet time, time to pray and just be still.
My afternoons were filled with books. I love reading and have visited many of my old favorites and check out a few new authors. Anything to keep my mind and body busy so I would not turn to the media or social media.
Back At Home
Many of you may know, my mother passed away. I am now back at home in Birmingham trying to build a routine and dealing with the business of dying. Due to Covid 19 restriction, social media was the only tool I could use to get information about her death, and provide some kind of memorial. This turned out to be a very positive thing. Many kind words, condolences, and memories were shared.
Here is a link to the Memorial Album I shared on Facebook.
Yes, my recent social media experience has been positive, but I am not going to forget the lessons learned. The tv media and social media are very powerful tools. They can influence your thoughts, feelings, and physical/mental health.
I Chose Happy
Happiness is a choice. You can chose to be happy or not. Instead of dwelling on all the negative during this pandemic time, I chose to focus on the opportunities I have. Small as they may seem, the opportunity to slow down, enjoy quiet time, experience nature, or even knock off that “to do list” are important to me and give me joy.
I can’t control the stock market, job market, or a virus… it is what it is. But I can control what outside influences I allow in my life. By learning from Lesson #1- Quarantine the Media, I chose to be happy instead of stressed out and miserable.