Awakening to another day in Coronaville

Thank goodness, when some of us have run out of things to do while sheltering-in-place, fellow boomers have come up with something we hadn’t thought of. That’s what we like about this piece by journalist and author Julie Gorges of Palm Desert, California. She has had no trouble filling her own days.

As my husband said the other day, “Waking up to another day in Coronaville.”

It fills our lives: “coronavirus,” “pandemic,” “shelter-in-place,” “COVID-19,” “social distancing,” “self-quarantine,” “stay-at-home,” “lockdown.”

Julie and her husband, Scott.

To think just a couple of months ago these words were not part of our everyday vocabulary. It fills our lives, it fills our world.

We baby boomers— specifically those 60 and older— well, it turns out we’re the susceptible ones likely to become seriously ill from this virus. Although we felt young, tough, and invincible when we first heard about the pandemic and were reluctant to give up our active social lives, it seems like boomers are finally taking note. And that’s a good thing. The saying, “Better safe than sorry,” has never been truer.

Essential supplies.

So, what can you do if you’re stuck at home to get your mind off all this mayhem? Are you sick by now of cleaning your house, doing puzzles, and watching Netflix?

Here are a few things I’ve discovered to stay sane:

  • Turns out that lying in bed, eating junk food, lounging around in my PJs all day, or binge-watching mindless TV only made me feel worse. Get up, shower, brush your teeth, put some nice clothes on. Put structure into your day with some goals to achieve. You’ll feel better and it’ll help you keep a positive outlook.
  • Feeling stressed? Be sure and read something spiritual and inspirational each day. I still take walks, cycle, and hike trails— if you can, you should too, keeping a safe six feet or more from everyone else and wearing a mask, of course. Literally, I can feel the stress melt away. Nature combined with exercise calms. Pray. Practice deep breathing. Try using an app like Calm or Headspace.
  • Take time to savor the small moments. Even during lockdown, you can step outside to enjoy the sound of a bird singing, the smells after a rainstorm, or the beauty of a sunset. Savor simple things like the first spring day in your garden or that first sip of coffee.

    Julie Gorges

  • I feel so fortunate to be a writer, which has served as therapy throughout my life. Tap into your muse. Keep a journal, write a poem, start a blog. Begin the great American novel that’s been dancing around in your head. Start that memoir or family history. You’ll be amazed at how fast time flies by. What if you hate writing? Try some other creative outlet. Paint, create jewelry, sing, or put on some 60s music and dance.
  • Look for ways to help others. I’m part of a sign language congregation and have been privileged to help deliver food donations. There are so many simple ways to help others during these tough times. Reach out to someone you know who suffers from depression or anxiety. Put an inspirational and encouraging sign in your window or leave a positive message in chalk on your sidewalk. Be kind to grocery store workers on the front line.

Try using these tips and remember, we boomers have lived through a lot and are a resilient bunch. We’ll get to the other side together.

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Julie’s latest book is, “Ten Secrets to Losing Weight After 50.”

9 Comments

  1. Thank you Julie. Great advice. Sometimes we ignored the little things in our everyday routine before Covid-19. Now’s the time to “catch up” with those moments we wished we had time for before. Hopefully, as my Mom always said, “this too shall pass”. Stay well.

    1. My Mom also said, “This too shall pass.” What a wise saying that gives us perspective and hope. We will gather life lessons learned through these difficult times with more strength and resilience and eventually move forward to better times. Stay safe and well too!

  2. Enjoyed reading your ideas…you’re so right. I am naturally a people person, so this has been quite a change but like you said exercise goes a long ways. Also virtual biblical discussions with others is encouraging as well as enlightening to share thoughts. Virtual dinners with friends and or family help enjoy each other! Happy hour can be fun too😉. Getting through this in good company and loving it!❤ for now anyways. Gregarious has a whole new meaning🤣

    1. Thanks, Rosie! I know this has been hard on sociable people. Love that we can enjoy Bible discourses and discussions, virtual dinners and happy hours, and family visits with technology. That helps a lot!

  3. A great list of things to do during this time.
    All this does change what is really important to us, doesn’t it? It’s the little things. I have found things such as going to the store for a last minute dinner plan, is something I’m not able to do. Planning way ahead for groceries, and hoping they have what we order are on the shelves. I’m freezing things that I’ve never thought of doing before.
    Keeping a normal routine is always something I’ve done and it helps even more now. It really keeps the stress level down.
    Thanks again, Julie.

  4. A great post as always Julie. I know people are finding these times stressful being stuck at home with nothing to do. Your list should help many, well done. Me, on the other hand, I feel like I have been busier than ever, trying to fit writing in around all the family home is difficult. I need a blog post on how to find the time to do that housework, washing, cooking etc. 🙂 I have been busy trying to write teaching resources for my books that I have been planning to do for years but never had the time to do. Writing between the cracks seems to be my mantra lately.

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