Do You Know What Day It Is? Since we’ve been isolating in the hope of “flattening the curve” of Coronavirus it’s getting harder and harder to keep track of what day it is. Mental health professionals are suggesting we keep a schedule during these unprecedented times of social isolation. They also suggest we shower and dress for the day, even when that day is spent in our own homes. As a writer, I have long spent days in isolation, with no obvious schedule. A closer peek however, reveals a recognizable pattern to my days –in hindsight, at least, I see that I woke early and wrote until around 2:00 each afternoon. That was before the mandate came from the government telling us we need to hunker down to slow the progression of the pandemic. That mandate changes things. It makes isolation feel like less of a choice. And the stress from that mandate makes concentration more difficult, meaning hours that were previously jam-packed with production are now more akin to a scattering of thoughts and action; at the end of the day, there is little cohesion and practically no productive results.
If you don’t recognize a Tuesday from a Sunday, it’s not the end of the world. It is, however, healthier to structure time for productivity, for self-care, for healthy meal preparation, for making the most of this current “new normal” while keeping our mental health intact. If we can keep track of what day of the week it is, and if we can structure our time, we will come out the other end of this pandemic better equipped to move forward.
We don’t know what the future looks like. We don’t know if and when the Covid-19 pandemic will pass. In truth, there could be a Covid-20 or Covid-21 as the number reflects the year the virus takes over. What we DO know is that we are faced with unprecedented times. And our wellness is more important than ever. Our highest self will get us through, whenever and however that takes shape. For now, our current normal calls us to create a mindful life, one structured day at a time.
Although it’s crucial that we stay home, that doesn’t mean we have to atrophy or give up on life. This is the chance to do things you’ve long wanted to do, so take some time to consider what you want to accomplish before this downtime ends. We all need downtime, and maybe we could start to treat this experience as a chance to re-prioritize. What matters most in life certainly seems to come to the surface when we consider how fragile we are to a tiny virus. We have the opportunity to do much, even as we are quarantined. We are writing a story during this time. What will your story be, when the doors open and we return to the world? Let’s decide to create a positive story to tell when this is over. Together, we’ll get through this.