I live like a hermit most of the time. A lot of writers do. My interactions are limited to errands, gym time, and phone sessions with clients. I’ve set up my life like this because it suits me.
With the pandemic raging, a lot of folks are being forced to live very much as I do. This has been a hard adjustment for some. I feel your pain, believe me. Growing up in a house filled with extroverts, I know how important it is for them to get out and mingle. Sitting in a cave surrounded by books and cats? Not their jam!
Whether you identify as an extrovert, introvert, or ambivert, this whole social distancing thing is a major reset for every one of us. I thought I might want to share my advice on how to navigate this tricky vibe until things return to normal.
1. Get up the same time every day and go to bed at the same time too. Sleeping in or going to bed at odd hours may seem like the thing to do right now but once you’re back on a regular groove, you’ll have a harder time adjusting back to normal life.
2. Get dressed every day. Resist the urge to schlepp around in pajamas and a chenille robe. Put on your regular work clothes, a bit of makeup (if you wear it like I do), brush your teeth, style your hair, throw on a little bling and cologne. You’ll feel better. Plus, if you need to do video conferencing for your job, you won’t look like a slob.
3. Have a routine for your work. That means regular working hours. I start my day around 7 AM and am always done by 6 PM. (There is a break in there – I’m not nailed to the desk for 11 hours!)
4. Go outside in nature if you can. Take walks, garden in your backyard, stretch on the front lawn, spend time in a park (this may not be possible in some areas). If you cannot go outside, open the windows for a bit every day, weather permitting.
5. Books, movies, music, and board games will keep your mind busy when you’re not working. (This will also keep the kiddos occupied when they aren’t doing schoolwork.)
6. Treat your office like an office. That may mean asking your loved ones to leave you be when you’re getting work done or closing the door during working hours. If you’re cooped up with the family, this won’t be easy but it will be necessary if you want to get anything done. (Alexandra Franzen has this great checklist for folks working at home.)
7. Cook great meals. I have a large selection of cookbooks that I love to pore over for new recipes. I also subscribe to the NY Times Cooking App, which has fabulous recipes. They have a whole section on things to cook from the pantry and I can attest: every recipe has been delicious!
8. Learn something new. For example, start learning a new language, figure out how to work that fancy camera, make an artisanal bread, or study astrology.
9. Keep in contact with folks. A phone call, text, or video chat will keep you connected – and make this time less lonely. (Psst…take some time to write a bunch of handwritten notes – and slip those off in the mailbox. You’ll make someone’s day!)
10. Read the news sparingly. Stay informed but don’t get obsessive.
11. Have a daily spiritual practice. Meditation, prayer, yoga – whatever helps you feel connected to something greater than yourself. Some churches, studios, and temples are live-streaming their services so you can find inspiration online!
12. Look for ways you can raise spirits. This is your time to step up and lead, people. You can do that right from your home too. Share your wisdom and skills, post uplifting stories, host daily live chats, etc. Do your part to help other people feel calm until the storm passes.
13. Lastly, if you are struggling or if the isolation is impacting your mental health, please seek help. Many therapists are offering virtual or phone sessions. Also, you can get support from free services such as the Crisis Text Line or 7 Cups.
I know that this is a challenging period. But do know that we will get through this together – even if we’re apart for the moment.
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August 30, 2020: Brushes and Stars. Where: Oakland, California. A full-day of astrology and intuitive painting – and yummy food! Join me and Chris Zydel for a joyful, astrology-inspired intuitive painting experience.
May 2-8, 2021: The Tuscany Tarot Intensive. Where: Italy! A full week of tarot immersion. Due to the Coronavirus, we moved the event to next year. Good news: the dates allow for a few extra seats which means you can join us next year! Yay!
Coming soon: Aloha Astrology and Tarot Retreat…January 2021!
What I’m Grateful For:
A small pantry
A roof over my head
Enjoying my own company
Soundtrack for 3/21/20:
Alone Again Or by The Damned
© Theresa Reed | The Tarot Lady 2020
images from stock photography and personal collection