I am on the board of my daughter’s school, and I just had a virtual board meeting (via Zoom) instead of our usual face-to-face board meeting. Yikes! COVID-19 has really created social distancing in our community. Everything just feels so surreal. Our daily lives are not the same and I get the feeling that they won’t be for a while.
I do, however, believe it is for our own safety and public health, and that it is our social responsibility to comply. Limiting non-essential travels, minimizing contact with people, and skipping social gatherings to be at home will significantly reduce the spread of this virus.
While we all stay at home and try to figure out work-from-home and home-schooling, I would like to share some things that we should AVOID doing during this crisis.
Here is What You Should NOT Do
This goes without saying that no good will come for anyone if you start to panic. Mass hysteria and panic has resulted in the shortage of many basic things such as TP, because people are hoarding them in fear.
I am scared because schools are closed, and lock-down is in place in many major cities. I am worried because people are getting sick everywhere and the death rate is increasing. I am anxious what all this will do to the economy and stock market, and 401K etc.
Despite all of this, the best thing to do is to remain calm, stay informed, and make the most of this time with your family. There are some things beyond our control. Therefore, panicking about what is happening or might happen will not change anything except your mental health.
With the lock-down and quarantine in place, I am sure you are frustrated and bored out of your mind. What better way to kill time? Browse online, social media, and shop. Right?
I highly recommend that you think it through before caving into all these sales flying in front of your face from every direction. My emails are flooded daily with all the sales that suddenly began after everyone got quarantined to be at home.
Think before you shop for unnecessary things, which may be on sale, that you do not need. Empty consumerism only eats up time, money, and our energy. You will still have to pay your debt after the crisis is over. So, think before you shop!
3. Being careless
It is good if you are calm about the COVID-19 crisis, but please do not be ignorant and careless. It is our social responsibility to follow the curfews and social distancing rules in place to avoid any chance of getting infected and/or spreading this virus. Just because you are young and not the likely target, does not mean that you are immune and do not have to adhere to the guidelines.
4. Become a couch potato
Trust me, all I want to do after work (I WFH), is chill and binge watch my favorite shows on Netflix. And now with all the lock-down in place, I am sure that all the rules about screen time is out the window. Of course, there is nothing wrong with binge watching shows during these “quiet” days, however, be mindful of your health and body’s needs. Step outside for some sunlight and fresh air, or do some light stretching to keep your body from becoming a couch potato. Social distancing means avoiding contact with people; not the nature 🙂
If you have little ones, play a game with them, cook food as a family, draw/pain/color with them, or do a home project as a family. Despite the crisis, this lock-down feels like the holidays when everyone is at home and enjoying each other’s company. Keep that positive attitude going and make the most of your time.
5. Obsessing about productivity
During these slower times, it is great to catch up on the things that we are unable to do during our busy days. However, avoid obsessing about doing it all; chores, projects, home-schooling your kids, etc. For example, with the schools closed, children are at home and missing their schoolwork. I am sure you are worried that they will miss out and get behind. It is a valid concern but homeschooling your preschooler or children who are in the first few grades is a little too much. Children are ridiculously adaptable, especially when they are young. So when things start back up, they will jump right in and catch up. Stop worrying about them falling behind. You don’t need to begin home-schooling them just because school is out for a few months.
Besides there are other things to learn in life other than classroom learning. Teach them how to cook, chores, gardening, or better yet, let them play. Just because they aren’t productive doing their schoolwork, does not mean they are not learning. So, relax and take advantage of these slower times.
Do you have any advice on what to avoid during this national crisis?