It’s almost a taboo subject that no one wants to talk about, but I am a realist and believe that a plan can help alleviate anxiety and stress. This time we have some idea it’s coming. There is plenty of toilet paper on the shelves. The very worst-case scenario for stocking up on essentials is that you won’t have to remember to get toothpaste next month! The numbers are climbing, but we are still able to take advantage of getting supplies with ease. This is not a “Doomsday List.” This is an “I don’t want to risk getting sick or my family getting sick when COVID numbers are high trying to get supplies I could have gotten before this mess started again List.”
Extra Favorites. (If your family LOVES hot sauce) buy 2 or 3 the next time.
The holidays will be much different for most of us! That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate them the best we can anyhow; therefore, this year to give Thanks means more than ever if you have breath in your lungs!
Holidays do not have to cost a fortune! For instance, the best holiday festive napkins, plates, and decorations can come from the Dollar Store!
Bring back the Game night-
Bring out old games, maybe get a new one (or see if any friends want to swap)
Hobbies- Talk to the family and see if there is one hobby they would like to learn and do over the winter.
Make a Family TV Guide:
With streaming, you have to be purposeful about what you watch. Many shows are not coming back because of COVID, so that you may find yourself re-watching every season of an old favorite.
For Example, Monday-8PM- Blackish
Tuesday- 8 PM -This is Us
9 PM- Bob and Abishola
Wednesday- 7:30- Disney Movie
This elevates- “What do you want to watch” “I don’t care.” “You?”, kids complaining and mental fatigue.
Better yet, have a family meeting to establish the Family TV Guide.
If you were like us, when we first went into quarantine, we would work out and be super productive, etc., blah, blah blah. So, that was short-lived. I am older and wiser than I was six months ago. The truth is this is not what any of us would choose! Short of a miracle (and yes, I believe in those!) This winter will be what we make it. A routine will help our mental health. Working into that routine daily exercise will help you keep your immune system more robust.
The good news is that the pandemic won’t last forever! We are closer to being done with it than when we started! It’s sad, and many will read this and think the pandemic is a conspiracy. (We are all entitled to our opinions.) My opinion is that I want to be prepared for Winter 2020. Having prepared for it ahead of time, I believe it will allow me to focus on my loved ones and get through the winter with less anxiety. Bring on the Hallmark movies.
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