(Staying the Course During a Virus Crisis)
If you’re like me, you are going a bit stir crazy. I guess psychologists call it “Quarantine Fatigue.” I think I’ve caught it. I’m not working as much—I’d say about 60% of normal. This is usually my busiest time of the year because of our Local Conference Gatherings. I’ve had to reschedule most of them now. I wish I could do more for our pastors and churches. There is a sense of helplessness on my part. I’m so so glad that most churches are doing well during this time of uncertainty.
Linda and I are empty-nesters, and with our kids and grandkids some distance away, we feel disconnected from them. FaceTime and WhatsApp are great, but it is never the same. I’m not reading as much as I’d like and I am watching TV more than I’d like. And frankly, I’m growing more restless and less convinced that staying at home is making the difference. Someone said that this is the only time in history that the healthy stay quarantined.
So, in all of that, what am I doing to retain some normalcy and health in my life? Here are some things that are helping!
- I’m keeping a schedule. While its’ not always full, I’m trying to keep up with my weekly routines and new appointments. At the start of each workday, the office has a brief zoom meeting to communicate what we are doing and keep each other on task. I have a specific room for work at home, and I go into the office once or twice a week.
- I’m getting proper rest. For Linda and I, we are still getting to bed at our regular time. For us, this is not a time for dormitory hours. I’m getting to bed around 10 pm each night and up around 6:00 am. A few times I’ve even taken an afternoon nap.
- I’m connecting with others. Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. I’m trying to keep regular contact with our pastors and churches. We FaceTime our kids and grandkids. I phone my parents to see how they doing. Also, we reach out to our neighbors as much as possible. (from a distance)
- I’m watching what I eat. Okay, I’m not going to say I have a perfect diet. When I’m bored or anxious, it’s tempting to use food as therapy. Also, when I’m spending more time at home, I’m spending more time closer to the fridge! Seriously, Linda is a great cook and overall, I think I’m doing okay.
- I’m still exercising. While I can’t go to the gym, Linda and I have been walking about 5-7 miles each day. We usually break it up into 2-3 walks. I need to do other muscle building exercises, but have been lazy about that.
- I’m serious with God. While my prayer is that God would deliver us from this virus, I’m also praying that God would accomplish what He wants to in my life, my family, and in the world. This may be the event God desires to use to bring revival and change to our needy world.
- I’m trying to monitor my news intake. I like to keep on top of things, but recently I’ve cut back on the news. Sadly, even a crisis of this magnitude can’t bring us together as a country. The media has politicized the problem, and I’m just tired of it.
- I’m trying to be patient. That old country song, “One Day at a Time, Sweet Jesus” comes to mind. Each day is still a gift from God and I need to live it to the fullest even in confinement.
BEFORE YOU GO
So, what are you doing to keep sane during this time? What is helping you to survive? I’d love to hear from you!