Most quarantine days have started with high hopes of doing big things—like keeping my cool, being kind, not crying before noon. But then real-life hits. It’s 10 a.m., the house is a disaster, my oldest is screaming in my face, and my youngest is drinking out of the toilet. The chaos is palpable. I feel it, my kids feel it, we all feel it.
Quarantine life has been overwhelming—on a sensory, emotional, and physical level. Add in job loss, willful children, financial uncertainty. And chances are, we are the privileged ones!
I love my family. There has been so much joy sprinkled in the chaos. I don’t want to discount the sweet moments. They are real and I treasure them.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard.
It doesn’t mean I’m not struggling to stay afloat.
It doesn’t mean you aren’t either.
So what do we do?
How do we find meaning in days that seem to blur together?
How do we manage mental health during a global pandemic? On a basic level.
There’s a little creek walking distance from our house, I love to sit and watch the water flow. Breathing the fresh air, feeling the grass beneath my feet. It grounds me. I pour my worries and fears out in jumbled prayers in my journal. I remind myself that God’s promises are not dependent on our world’s circumstances, and definitely not mine.
I asked some of you what things helped you manage mental health during a pandemic. I loved reading your responses! I was reminded I am not alone and that as humans because we are capable of finding joy in the mundane. We are resilient. And creative! Here are some of your responses:
“We are in this together!”
I hope by reading through this you feel a little less alone. I am standing in solidarity with you, friend. Cheers to us remembering the lessons we are learning through this experience!
Let me know if you have something to add!
I loved reading everyone’s ideas!