When Shelter-In-Place Gets Hard To Do

It doesn’t matter how large the house, or the apartment people are starting to feel restless. Our children are missing their friends and for many of us the walls are starting to feel a little like a prison.

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Due to the boredom and the restlessness that some of us are now starting to feel, many of us are doing unsafe things. If you are anything like my family, staying indoors can become a real obstacle after a while. The children start complaining, the TV shows start to get just a little boring, and online gaming loses it’s appeal.

So, what do you do with all your free time? Do, you throw caution to the wind and start going out mixing with other neighbors, or do you find a new coping skill? Did I really just say the C-word? Yes, because at the end of the day, that’s what we are doing. We are all trying to cope with COVID-19. Instead of risking your health and going out. Now is the time to try something new within your house. Maybe there’s a deck that needs repainting or a backyard playhouse that needs revamping. This would be the perfect time to take on that mission!

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This weekend my children will take on a new project that requires paint brushes and lots of paint. It wasn’t something I wanted to do, but it was something that my 14 year old requested some months back. She wanted to repaint their clubhouse. So, when we went to Walmart’s last weekend for food and supplies, I picked up paint.

I have been thinking a lot about the near future and food supplies. While I have faith in our ability to produce food as a nation, I am also a realist. If the crappola hits the fan, I want to be able to provide my children veggies. So, I am setting up a small garden this weekend. If all goes well these projects will help to add a little more life into a stressful atmosphere.

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Both of these projects are cheap and something anyone can try. The painting is something in the art realm and the gardening is something in the horticulture realm which both offer coping mechanisms. I think a lot of us who deal with mental health issues have to really be on top of trying to stay mentally healthy right now. I won’t lie, there are times when trying to commit to a coping skill seems downright unrealistic depending on how low my mood gets. It is one of the reasons I took down the calendar for my blog, because it was easy to see my spiral schedule, so to say!

Blogging also helps me stay mentally healthy. I was diagnosed with depression when I was a teenager after I tried to commit suicide. My parents were really against medication and eventually turned their back on therapy. So, oftentimes I would just kind of dangle in the wind. The only outlet I had was nature and writing. I would take long walks on our land and often end up at the pond watching the water below the small branches roll back and forth.

Water is my go to when the weather permits, but after we moved away from our last area, I haven’t been able to swim. I miss going to the lake and watching the boats sail by, I once even saw a floating car. One of my fears is that I will not be able to visit the water again. If this ordeal has taught me anything, it has taught me how to value everything in my life, no matter how small. So call on whatever you can to get you through the monotony of the day.

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Just this morning, I ordered Girl Scout Cookies because I miss it. It was normal, and it can be similar to normal without breaking the shelter-in-place command. So, when I get those cookies, I’m going to love on them a little before I devour them!! If you feel the need I will post the link. I can do something fun until my treadmill makes it here! https://www.girlscouts.org/en/cookie-care.html#get-inspired

In close, try find something uniquely you! It doesn’t have to cost money, or be outrageous. It can be the most simple thing, writing a book, starting a blog, or taking on a new skill! It just needs to be something that gets you out of your head. Have a safe weekend!