Staying SanePosted: April 10, 2020
Today I saw a friend of mine post on FB a quote saying “It’s OK to not be at your most productive during a fucking global pandemic”, and I have to say, that is such a relief to hear. Seriously, every other thing on the Internet is like “How to use your isolation time to learn a new skill/language/finish that craft project”, and I’m like, Bitch, I may be at home but I’m still working three jobs, who’s got the time? But yes, I do see the wisdom in doing something else to get your mind off all the stress, so here’s what I’ve been doing to stay sane during isolation:
– Watch all the things. I try to stick to relaxing, heartwarming things that don’t require too much brainpower though. So far I’ve been rewatching “The Great British Bake-Off” (because it’s like antidepressant and anti-anxiety meds in TV form) and checking out “Poldark” (it’s OK so far, the drama is light enough to be entertaining without stressing me out, plus Aidan Turner is great eye candy.) The new Emma looks really pretty, but the actors who play Mr. Knightley and Frank Churchill look so utterly wrong for their parts (they look like footpads or farmers!) Also, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol has been putting up weekly live shows and songwriting sessions on his Instagram (love that man), so I have those to look forward to.
– Go outside. I’m lucky that we have a big garden, so I try to work outside or at least spend a little time outside playing with the dogs whenever I can.
– Travel from my couch. I’m incredibly lucky that I got to travel to Russia and return safely home before all hell broke loose, so to satisfy my wanderlust, I’m looking back at my past travels and planning my next trips.
– Paint. Or rather, doodle. I don’t have time to get back to painting properly, but I’ve been painting simple watercolor scenes with my niece using Youtube tutorials to keep myself from getting too rusty.
– Clean out and reorganize my closet. I followed the methods in this video, which is really straightforward and helpful.
– Play dress up. I’m keeping a list of new pairings/silhouettes that I may try now, just for the fun of it, or save for later, when I’m back to work. In the meantime, I also try to elevate my “work from home” clothes – like this outfit. The top and pants are just as soft and relaxing as pajamas, but they look more work-appropriate, and the shoes and the brooch (it’s one of the amber brooches I got from Russia) made the whole thing much more put-together.