by Callie Todaro
You’ve probably heard the saying, “The trouble is, you THINK you have time.” Well, now you really do. With the coronavirus pandemic that has spread throughout the world, it seems like time is all we do have. Right before Christmas, I talked about how we need to make time for ourselves and slow down the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. At that time of year, not only is there so much to do, but many of us are in a mode where we think about giving to others and we seldom take time for ourselves. Although I miss going out to eat, going to the movies, and enjoying a concert in-person, I’m using this time to take care of me. It may seem like all there is to do is lie around the house and watch TV, but I’ve found ways to enjoy myself.
I’ve been on a little bit of a health kick recently. The beaches are starting to open back up, and when they do, I want to make sure I’m ready for them. I’ve been enjoying my evenings with a nice bike ride in the countryside and taking my dog for a walk so that he gets his exercise, too. I’m reading a book, and I told my mom just the other day that I don’t know why I didn’t read more books when I was younger. It seemed like a chore to read a book when I was in high school, and now I enjoy it.
I think it’s important for us to look at the glass being half full instead of half empty. With that point of view, it may even help the time go by faster instead of making it seem like it’s standing still. I think if we stretch our imaginations a little bit and try something new and different, we may surprise ourselves. As cabin fever starts to set in, we can open our minds to be a little more imaginative on things we can do to keep us busy. You might try putting together a puzzle, reading, going for a hike, listening to music (definitely WONC!), doing some deep cleaning, cooking something new, or taking up a new hobby.
I can honestly say that I’ve felt some stress relief now that the world has slowed down for a bit. I definitely don’t have any trouble with claiming the extra “me” time.