I’m not going to distort the truth in any way. I am EXTREMELY frustrated with this whole COVID-19 business. As a natural extrovert, my longing for human contact,noise and the business of life is like medicine. It gets me though the day with a smile on my face and energy coursing through my veins. While I thoroughly enjoy a great book while sitting in the sunlight in my favourite chair, it doesn’t energize me the same way that a busy school does. Does this resonate with you?
First thing you need to do – Admit it to yourself. Admit that this period in time is interfering with your normal way of life and that you miss it. I’m not callous. I do know that this is what needs to be done. I do know that there are people in WAY worse condition than me. I do know that it will end at some point. I know all these things and it is still OK for me to grieve the loss of what we used to take for granted. You admitting that this change is hard is not you suggesting that you have the worst lot in life, it’s simply admitting that it isn’t fitting particularity well and that you don’t like it. That’s all that is.
Secondly – Know that this is a temporary state. This strange virus has got us knocked down but we are a tenacious people. As a species, we’ve survived world wars, plagues, visits from the in-laws, the Flames winning the cup . . . .the list goes on. We can handle this too. Yes, the kids are driving us nuts. Yes, your spouse is starting to grate on you, Yes, binge watching the Tiger King has made you question humanity. These are real issues but they are temporary.
Thirdly – be proactive in caring for yourself. Make your bed when you get up. Eat healthy. Try to get a little movement in throughout the day. Walking to the cupboard to refill your chip bowl does not count as movement – get outside instead. Challenge yourself to learn something. Schedule 30 minutes a day to dedicate to something. Maybe you’re always wanted to play guitar. Blow the dust off that bad boy and dedicate 30 minutes a day to play. I personally ordered YoYos and delivered them to the kids. When this is all over – YoYo stand off – it’ll be stellar!
Fourthly and finally – know you are loved and valued. The job you do is more important than ever. There are kids and families that need you like never before. Be the bright beacon for them that shines in these dark times. Remind yourself of it regularly – write it on your mirror so you see it EVERY day. Tell your colleagues the same thing – YOU matter a great deal! Don’t let anybody tell you different – Your people need you – God made you for moments like this. You’re worthy of this responsibility!
Stay well, friends!