I’m So Lonely, I could Die, Thanks COVID-19! (2) By Dr. MIchael Brooks
This week we will continue with how to keep busy during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have some thoughts on reaching out to your family and others who may need to hear from you. Be the voice of reason many need to hear at this time!
I’ve used this time to make phone calls to people that I haven’t spoken to in a while, I just want to check in on them to see how they’re doing. I’ve made phone calls to those who may need help in getting groceries or running errands. I’ve texted many just to let them know that I am thinking about them. Many people are responding because they are lonely as well and need to talk to someone. So, our texting turns into uplifting conversations with each other. Many want to reach out but are uncomfortable in doing so, so when you text them, they usually welcome hearing from a friend. That’s why we need to check in on these folks. Be supportive, be available, and be a good listener.
Somethings that I like to do, is using my camera and getting out and taking wildlife pictures on my property. It’s amazing the pictures of birds I have in my neighborhood. I also like editing my pictures as well. There is so much to do, I will give you my list for keeping busy during these trying times.
- Photography, wildlife, landscapes, people, cities, towns, and country
- Writing journals, books, poetry, newspaper articles, blogs
- Researching your family tree, myhertiage.com, ancestry.com
- Learning new healthy recipes, teaching kids to cook, cook with your spouse
- Getting home projects done, cleaning rooms out organizing the garage, painting rooms, hanging pictures, washing your windows, trimming trees, planning your garden, ordering your plants, trees, and shrubs.
- Start working out, do yoga, learn new stretching programs, ride your bike, enjoy walking.
- Play board games, cards, puzzles, kids games
- Listen to music as you read, or take a bubble bath
I’m sure you can add to this list. If your spouse or kids suggest some idea’s give them a try. Just don’t sit around and watch depressing news. Get active mentally, and physically. If you think about it, there really is a lot of things you can do to keep busy.
We’re all going to get through this COVID-19, we really are going to be fine. Just follow the suggestions that the CDC is telling us. There is no reason to take any chances.
I had a friend call me yesterday and she is terrified of COVID-19. I asked her have you been watching the news for any length of time and she said that she was. I asked her to turn off the television and listen to the music that she liked. I also suggested that she stay away from reading news about COVID-19 on social media. If you’re doing things that put you at risk, then, of course, I’d be worried. When people just have to go out to Walmart to see if it’s crowded and walk around, that puts you and your family at risk. My suggestion is to stay home, spend time with the family, if you live alone, look at some of my suggestions and try them.
There is no reason to be bored during this time, do the things that can help people. Yesterday, I decided that I would assemble the firepit I got at Home Depot. This was an easy project, so I loaded up some wood and had a fire going and listened to some of my favorite music. I really enjoyed sitting by the fire while living in the mountains. The little things like this create some great memories for a book project that I am thinking of doing.
In closing, reach out to those who are lonely, those who are disabled, or someone you know that just needs to hear from you. These acts of kindness can go a long way.
I’d love to hear what you’ve been doing to occupy yourselves during this time, send me an email and share your story, send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Is COVID-19 scaring you and you need someone to talk to? Would you like to build a stronger family through healthy conversations during the COVID-19 and don’t know how? Do you and your spouse want help in knowing how to help your family grow closer during these difficult days? Do you need help in planning activities for your family during the COVID-19 crisis? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to contact Dr. Mike and set up an appointment. Please call Dr. Mike at 303.880.9878. If you need to talk.
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