Many people around the world are worried about COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) and how it’s affecting them and their families. I understand the concern; however, there is a big difference between concern and panic. Therefore, my message to you is this: stay informed and take the necessary precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones but, for the love of God, don’t panic. Take a deep breath and “Remember to Be Grateful” for everything and everyone you have because there is always someone less fortunate. So . . . Don’t Worry, Be Happy.
And now let’s talk about recommendations for utilizing that extra time you have because you’re under quarantine (social distancing). The reason being, if you stay occupied or entertained, you won’t have time to be anxious. If you would like to add some of your own suggestions, please, reach out to me, and I’ll append your items to the list.
1) Take advantage of the extra time and read your Bible.
2) Spend some quality time with your family.
3) Catch up on some reading (suggested reading: “You Can Resolve Not to Be Offended”).
4) Watch a Netflix movie (horror! the best genre) or two you’ve wanted to see.
5) Do some cleaning around the house because you know a nook or cranny in need of some TLC.
6) You could give the dog a bath.
7) How about taking a nap—you know you want to.
8) Do a craft project with your children.
9) Relax, listen to some music, and sip a glass of wine, after all, it’s 5:30 somewhere.
10) Learn to play that guitar that’s been collecting dust in the closet since you purchased it.
11) Have a party with friends via Skype or FaceTime.
12) Surf the Internet to research topics of interest. Note: Don’t overdo the news or social media.
13) Go for a walk or do some other form of exercise.
14) Take up birdwatching. Hey, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.
15) Do some baking for family, friends, or neighbors. FYI: I love chocolate chip cookies.
16) Play cards or board games, perhaps even learn to play chess.
17) You could sharpen your photography skills.
18) Work on that scrapbook that never seems to get finished.
19) If you’re really bored, you could triage those 3,500 emails in your inbox.
20) How about some meditation while the kids are napping?
21) Take the opportunity to organize whatever needs organizing.
22) Start a diary or even a blog site.
23) Take an online class; hence, you’ll keep busy and learn. It’s a WIN-WIN.
24) You might network, over the phone, with individuals either personally or professionally.
25) And you should not forget to bequeath some time to your hobbies.
Okay, okay, okay, that’s enough for now, but on a serious note, I wish you and your family the best. Take care of yourself, your family and friends, and your neighbors. And I hope you have enough toilet paper to sustain your household from now until this mess is under control.
God bless you all.