Thursday, March 26, 2020

Things Keeping Me Sane Right Now

Good morning! How are you? No, really, how are you? This is a very stressful time for EVERYONE, think about that for a minute, EVERYONE in the ENTIRE WORLD, is in the same boat so to speak. That in itself is a bit much to take in, much less the fact that we might be sheltering in place for another 30 days, so please tell me I am here to listen, how are you? How are you coping?  

Lately, I am anxious, and restless and frankly all over the place from one hour to the next. I used to be a worrier, I would worry about everything. I would lay awake mulling over scenarios in my mind of different problems and things going on in my life. About 4 years ago I started taking intense hot yoga classes 5-7 days a week and since then I have not been anxious or a worrier.  I replaced my worrying and fretting with deep breathing and calming techniques, until 10 days ago when life as I knew it ended. 

 I am not worried about sheltering in place, I love being home, however our house is for sale. We now have an offer and no where to go because the house we wanted has been sold. We are supposed to be sheltering in place and yet we need to travel to find a house. Traveling now is not opportune and buying a house sight unseen is not really the way I want to start anew. 

Here are a few things I am doing to keep calm and stay sane:

1. Routine. 

I am sticking to my routine as much as possible. I get up at the same time I normally do, and even go to bed earlier than normal. Sleep is not only an escape from the news of the day but also very good for your immune system. 

2. Exercise and Vitamin D. 

Everyday I am out walking trying to get my 10,000 steps in. If it is raining I am walking laps around my house and walking up and down the stairs. If a 66 year old man in China can walk 328 miles over the last month in his tiny apartment I can get my steps walking around my house. The fresh air and vitamin D are goof for your mood and health. 

3. Connecting. 

I am calling friends and family. At least once a day I talk to someone and we are sharing books we are reading, recipes we are trying and cheering one another up. If I am talking to my sister we "walk" together around out neighborhood so that we can get our exercise and encourage one another at the same time. 

4. Disconnecting.

From social media and the news, not all day but for most of the day, so that I am not overwhelmed or inundated with negative news or energy. I listen for a half hour in the morning and a half hour at night. 

5. Making Plans.

Planning trips, hopefully for this summer, to see my parents and friends. Designing my container gardens, picking paint colors and other things for my future house. Just because life is on hold at this moment it doesn't mean it is over. 

6. Practicing gratitude. 

I am blessed, I am healthy, have a great house, family, life, etc and I am focusing on the good things in life. Everyday I write a list of 5 things I am grateful for; it could be as simple as a podcast that lifted my spirits, an email from a friend, the birds chirping outside my window. Look for the little things that will bring you joy and help you through this challenging time. 

7. Learning.

I am taking a few online classes and practicing my photography. 

8. Cleaning. 

I find it therapeutic to sort clothes, clean closets, wash floors, etc. 

9. Cooking. 

I love to bake but at this point in time I am trying not to gain a ton of weight while inside so I am experimenting with my cooking. Every few days I try a new recipe from one of my cookbook collection. 

10. Relaxing. 

Every morning I start the day with a big cup of steaming hot chocolate which I drink while sitting in bed with my pups reading a chapter from a book, or perusing a magazine. I end the day the same way, except with a cup of tea. It is a great way to rejuvenate and wind down. 

These are just a few of the things I am doing to stay sane, what are you doing? Are you adding or subtracting things from your routine? Are you making sure to get some fresh air? How are you relaxing? 

Suicide and domestic violence are on the rise as we are confined to our homes. If you are feeling down or are in a bad situation reach out to friends, and family. 

If you need help call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255. 

National Domestic Hotline Advocates are available 24/7 at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) in more than 200 languages. All calls are free and confidential.

The coronavirus has dealt us all a blow, we have all suffered some disappointments and hardship, but I believe that if we stay the course and listen to the experts we will come out of this healthy and perhaps better than we were when we locked ourselves in our houses. 

Take care, wash your hands, be well and safe. 


  1. I appreciate your list.
    I have anxiety and I know that what is going on in the world has me worried and a bit on edge.
    I know that when I can (weather gets in the way) I like to go for a walk in the afternoon. Today was great.

  2. I have a difficult time with do you relax enough to fall and STAY it deep breathing? I don't feel like I am laying there anxious about things most nights...I just toss and turn, my mind cannot shut off and then I wake up multiple times per night. Thanks for the advice...espec. going to try the walking daily outside whenever possible. Love your blog,, thank you for all you do in this regard

  3. I am definitely having trouble sleeping and feel a tightness in my chest, which is undoubtedly due to a combination of stress and too much coffee. We are well-isolated, so I know it isn't the virus.
    I have been skyping and facetiming with friends and family, especially those who are alone. I'm isolated in a family unit, which is quite different. That said, one friend is in a 200-square-foot studio in Paris with her two-year-old. That's tough. I'd love to take her in, but she's too far.
    I do read the news, constantly, but I stick to what Dr. Fauci and the WHO are saying, not self-appointed experts. The situation is changing fast as scientists learn daily about this new virus, so it's important to stay current.

  4. I pretty much follow all those things you mentioned... but our house is not for sale! That would be difficult anytime, but now... wow! But "there is always a way..." and you will find it. Good luck... and stay well!

  5. YOU are keeping BUSY!
    I try NOT to look at THE NEWS every DAY!I do enjoy THE DAILY Show it is a good way TO GET MY NEWS.He has Humor and BOY does he grasp what our POTUS is up too!ALL on INSTAGRAM.
    AS I have been a guiena PIG TO TASTE IT!

  6. I take my hat off to you, all these good inspiring suggestions and inspiration from your own life, all while needing to move but can't, needing to find a house but can't. And that's not even counting the concern for family and friends. But you have given some wise and practical suggestions and I am definitely going to resume my winter morning cups of hot chocolate. Who says I can't drink it now that spring has arrived, right? My dachshunds would be happy to snuggle a while longer with me for that.

    My youngest sister never misses her yoga class and I know she must be missing it now. That is one thing I wish I had begun decades ago, as she did. And thank you for all the interesting and helpful links in your newest post. I did read it but just had to come back to your keeping me sane post. I definitely needed it!


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