I don’t know about you but I have been having a lot of anxiety lately. I am so thankful that I already had a prescription for an anxiety medicine before the pandemic hit. Some days, as always, are better than others. Overall I would say that the Covid-19 pandemic has been hard on my nerves.
I have noticed some things that ease the tension.
- Not tuning in to every news headline.
- In the early weeks of being homebound I was on my phone all day. From the moment I woke to the moment I closed my eyes at night I was tuned in. I did not want to miss a thing and my brain paid dearly. I was wound as tight as a guitar string. As time has passed and this turns into a marathon and not a sprint I am finding that I need to unplug and just “be.” There is only so much that can be said each day and I am not going to miss anything if I only check the news once or twice. I would probably be honestly happier if I only checked in every other day but I don’t have that kind of will power right now. HA!
- Taking it easy on the kids.
- While I wish I were super mom with every moment of my children’s days filled with enriching, learning experiences I know that I am not. And trying to be something I am not was only making me into a crankier mom. We are letting some things go, as far as school work is concerned. We decide together when enough is enough. Some days we do all of the work that has been assigned. Other days we do not and that is okay.
- Getting Outside
- The first weeks of the stay-at-home order were cold and rainy. Those were hard but I am thankful they were the early weeks. The kids were still excited to be at home and the official school work had not started to come in yet. I have found it incredibly important for me to spend as much time outside as possible. I love walking the dogs, working in the garden and working on outdoor house projects which leads me into my next brain-saving tip
- House Projects
- I have lived in this house for nearly 8 years and we still have so many house projects. I’m so thankful for my partner who has been my superstar banging out house projects. It feels so good and productive to get all of those little things that have been bugging me for ages.
- I am a no-talent kind of writer BUT some days I just have to do a brain dump. Sometimes I cannot put my finger on exactly what is bugging me but putting my thoughts to paper help me either clarify or let go of my demons.
- Marco Polo is my friend as is Zoom and FaceTime. Thank god for technology.
- A Clean Sanctuary
- Having four children makes it pretty difficult to have my whole house tidy. Honestly, my whole house is NEVER all tidy but it has become very important for me to have at least one clean room I can retreat to. I have massively decluttered my bedroom so it is a lot easier to clean up. My foxy mister also hung a swinging chair in there for me so I have a soothing spot to swing my cares away. Outside my bedroom I also try to keep either the kitchen or the family room clean. I can never quite get both done in one day. HA!
- I know that isn’t for everyone but sex is a sanity saver. Some days I’m just not up for it but at least a few times a week we have to do it and I am always glad we did. It releases stress and helps me reconnect with my partner.
How about you? What are you doing to keep your brain sane these days?