No one would argue that this Pandemic has gone on longer than anyone could predict. The first month, I thought this isn’t bad. It’s nice to be able to stay at home and enjoy my surroundings. I can catch up on some long overdue home projects as well as enjoy a few made from scratch meals.
Currently, we are well into our 5th month of numerous restrictions. Our Governor initiates a few re-opening guidelines only to pull them back a few weeks later. Apparently, the infection rate is not slowing down. I understand the importance of slowing and hopefully eliminating the spread of COVID -19. That being said, what is a person to do to keep one’s spirits up and have a sense of stability during these crazy times.
I have come up with three things that I pretty much do every day. The routine of doing these is calming for me.
- I exercise. Most mornings, I get out of bed, grab a cup of coffee, and ride my recumbent bike for 30 minutes. I add some arm exercises using 8lb weights. Thanks to Spotify, I have ample stations to keep me energized. It’s a great way to start the day.
- I practice my piano. In the evenings, I go down to my music room and run through my scales. I then move on to some classical tunes. I end my piano session with a few pop tunes from the seventies. Playing some Creedence Clearwater always makes me smile. I can feel my technique improving over these past few months.
- I simply love a glass of Chardonnay. I told a good friend of mine that this is my COVID medication. This has become my after-work ritual. It has to be chilled and served in my favorite stemware. I sip it slowly and feel the alcohol doing its work. The tensions of the day start to disappear—everything in moderation they say.
I’m not saying that I don’t have moments of high anxiety. It’s hard to live in a world where no one can tell us how long this virus will last. However, I do feel my three daily habits are something I can count on and something I can control. I would encourage you to find a daily routine that will give you some predictability in our unpredictable world.