Staying Sane

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.


3 Comments on “Staying Sane”

  1. Emma Peach says:

    This is a great outfit for working from home – stylish and comfortable. I love your brooch, so pretty. Btw, I found your blog via Kim Fierce Fashion 🙂

    Emma xxx

  2. Mike says:

    Yes, I understand what you’re saying. Youre a college professor and a translator, plus whatever other job you have. You are very busy and wouldn’t have the time for such activities. I really do admire your hard work!

    But for those of us that can’t work at the moment, learning a new skill certainly couldn’t hurt. I’m glad that you see the wisdom in that.
    I’ve been keeping busy with various activities (mostly watching lectures on art, painting and other intellectual related activites) to keep from going insane. I’m also cleaning and organizing our entire house, as parts of it are still a mess from when we moved. It keeps the anxiety at bay and it beats sitting around doing nothing while we wait this out.
    I just had the pleasure of filing for unemployment, which took forever. Gotta do what you got to do to keep food on the table and keep the bills paid.
    I’m glad to hear that you’re still painting. Keep it up. I’m working on a series of paintings now involving stars (taking a break from landscapes).

    Good luck with that, as well as with your other activities!

  3. Mike says:

    Check out my friend’s blog in the link. She paints also, like we do. Thought you might be interested.

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