It is mindblowing how a worldwide crisis like the coronavirus pandemic can change ones perception so quickly. At the beginning of January I was busy with creating my blogging calendar for 2020, I was concerned with getting my son settled into grade 1 at school and I was planning the things that I wanted to get done over the course of this year.
Now a few months later none of those things matter anymore. My kids are no longer in school, my work has taken a beating and my blogging calendar that was so painstakingly created is gathering dust while I try and school my kids at home and get the bare basics of work done.
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Staying Safe & Healthy
Staying safe has taken on a new meaning for us. Today it means staying home with my family and when any of us do leave the home taking lots of health and safety precautions.
While looking after our physical and mental health is always a priority it is has never been more crucial. Ensuring that everyone in our family is mentally healthy, including myself, has not been an easy task. Managing my children’s meltdowns is a daily task and finding moments of time-out for myself has never been so tricky.
Physical exercise and eating healthily has never been more important. Cooking healthy meals and daily family exercise sessions are now the norm.
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Everything I do now is family focused.
My children and I have been staying with my parents at their farm for the lockdown while my husband works. I spend more time talking to my husband, even though we have been apart for 7 weeks now. We speak a few times a day on the phone and yes we would always see each other daily and talk before lockdown, being so busy with day to day life we often went to bed at the end of the day hardly connecting.
Talking to my husband every day is now the highlight of my day.
My kids and I are baking almost every day, making our bread, biscuits, fudge and muffins. We are all sleeping in the same room, we are reading together and watching Netflix together.
When I have gotten my kids started with their homework I do my work at the table too while helping them when they get stuck.
We also go out into the garden with my mom to pick vegetables and do some weeding. My kids often head off with my dad on the farm to help him with whatever task he is busy with.
I’ve even given my son a DIY haircut which has been interesting.
Gratitude and Giving Back
I’ve found things really hard the last 2 months. I have battled with my insomnia, with my mental health and with making the right choices for my family.
However these hardships that I have faced these last few weeks are nothing compared to the suffering and pain that most people are going through right now. I’ve seen friends and family lose their jobs, been evicted from their homes and struggle to find food.
It is important for me to be grateful for all that I have and to give back in some way whenever I can.
My income has taken a big dip during this crisis since many businesses are closed, and so many people don’t have any money to spend… but I am still earning.
I’ve contacted local businesses in my area so that when I get home I can buy what I can from local producers. When I go shopping I buy a few things extra to add to the donations table at the entrance to be given to those in need.
I encourage everyone that is still earning to help others in some way. It doesn’t have to be a huge donation – if every person that can afford it buys just one thing for another family it will make a big difference.