March 18, 2020
The news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is everywhere and hard to ignore, and, with great, understandable reason. In most States in the United States, public schools, restaurants, and other local businesses have temporarily shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Chances are if you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you’ll notice toilet paper, bread, canned goods, baby wipes, and hand sanitizers are low in stock or nowhere to be found.
Seven counties in my state have “shelter in place” orders for all residents. Shelter in place orders means residents in a specific city or region are asked to stay indoors in their homes, with a misdemeanor citation being the harshest penalty for disobeying the order. I am unsure if there will be shelter in place orders soon for my county, but I am already preparing for it. Not because I am thinking negative, but rather, because it is a likely reality. In regards to the public schools here, the governor of my state, California Governor Gavin Newsom just announced, “I would plan and assume it is unlikely that many of these schools, few if any, will open before the summer break.”
Which leads me to the topic: How can we can shift our mindset to adapt to this new way of living with the Coronavirus pandemic? Here’s my thoughts:
Think of solutions rather than complaining of any lack. I know it sounds easier said than done, but it can be done. For example, if your supermarket sold out on toilet paper or bread, you may want to barter with neighbors or other family. If no grocery stores have bread consider making your own home-baked bread. And if they’re out of stock on dry yeast to make bread, consider baking homemade tortillas — that’s what I did when I found out that dry yeast was sold out in all stores within a 25 mile radius.
Create a new daily routine. Not only will creating a new daily routine for yourself help you keep more positive and calm your mind, but it is especially key if you have young kiddos so they feel a sense of safety and normalcy. It’s important to keep a new daily routine since most kids will not be able to go back to school for a while. You can start to homeschool your children while you wait for schools to be okay-ed for your children to return. Great places I’ve used for my daughter to homeschool in the past and that I highly recommend for learning are:
- Khan Academy at https://www.khanacademy.org – free online learning and awesome for middle schoolers up to high schoolers.
- Time4Learning at https://www.time4learning.com – especially great for elementary students.
- Penn Foster at https://www.pennfoster.edu/high-school – great for high school students and available for those 13 years or older who completed the 8th grade.
- Connections Academy at https://www.connectionsacademy.com – great teachers and great curriculum for elementary students up to 12th grade. Monthly meetings with student and teacher are done via phone and assignments are all online.
Keep living your life without fear. Of course, aside from keeping safe and taking protective measures against the new coronavirus, keep living your life… and… without great fear. While we are all doing are part by staying home more, or if you’re in a state with shelter in place orders, you can find new indoor activities and indoor hobbies such as
- Reading a new book (Kindle books are awesome if you don’t have any new books to read)
- Crafting and DIY home decor (YouTube is a great place to get ideas)
- Practice meditating, yoga, or weight lifting
- Journal writing, blog writing, affirmations practice
- Praying and writing in your prayer journal
- Netflix, Hulu, Disney+
- Play board or card games with your family
- Learn a new language (take up a new online class or subscribe to a language app)
Together we will get through this whole Coronavirus pandemic, but meanwhile we must remain calm, continue to barter and share, and be courteous to one another. Sending you virtual hugs.
Mindset Coach Lisa Woeller
For more information on (COVID-19) Coronavirus, visit:
Center for Disease Control And Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus