How I Have Been Coping (or What I Have Learned from Living During a Pandemic)
As an active person who doesn’t spend a lot of time at home, suddenly being told to stay home has been an adjustment. It has brought changes to my daily routine, caused me to reevaluate some parts of my life, allowed me time to stop and smell the roses (we’ve had the most amazing spring this year), taught me to find alternative ways of doing things I have always taken for granted, and helped me to find a new kind of work-life balance.
The highlights of my life since March are covered in the four sections below.
Working from Home
Prior to the pandemic, I worked from home one day a week. I have learned that, for the most part, I really enjoy working from home for the following reasons:
- The dress code (ultra-casual) is great!
- I’m well-rested because I get to sleep later.
- I get to take my dogs to work with me every day.
- I’m home to receive packages so I don’t have to worry about porch pirates.
- I save money by not going out to lunch frequently.
- My coworkers are easier to reach because they are all working from home too.
- I’m more productive because there are fewer distractions than at the office (no, I don’t have kids).
- No makeup!
What I’m Doing Differently
I had never heard of Zoom or House Party prior to the pandemic. I now use both fairly regularly to keep in touch with friends. I also never understood the benefit of ordering groceries and picking them up or having them delivered. I now understand the benefit! Pre-pandemic I really liked walking through a grocery store and picking out my own groceries; now, when I go, I rush in with a list and get out as quickly as possible.
The following is a list of some things I’ve been doing differently during this time:
- Meeting my girlfriends for happy hour by Zoom
- Attending my monthly book club by Zoom
- Connecting with friends on House Party
- Ordering groceries and picking them up or having them delivered
- Visiting with friends in-person from a safe social distance
- Re-evaluating what we eat and where our food comes from. To that end, I joined a CSA and have started buying locally sourced meats.
- Wearing a mask in public.
- Things I Suddenly Have Time Fo
Things I Suddenly Have Time For
- Jigsaw puzzles – I love doing them but rarely had time before now
- Reading more
- Cleaning out and organizing my house
- Sewing – I dusted off my sewing machine and have been sewing masks to give to friends and family
who need them
- Cooking at home – we ate out way too much pre-pandemic and have found we really like cooking
and eating at home
- Tackling those “I’ll do it when I have time” projects I never seem to have time for
Things I Miss (In No Particular Order)
- Being with my friends in person
- Hugging my friends
- Predator’s hockey
- Being in a crowd
- Eating out with friends and family
- Inn of Court meetings and other bar activities
- The trips I’ve had to cancel
- The camaraderie of collaborating with coworkers face to face.
During this time, I have tried to focus on my blessings and on being thankful for what I do have. I look forward to returning to some sense of normalcy, hopefully soon. And I hope to live the rest of my life without going through another pandemic.