Brightside

As if social distancing and quarantine wasn’t difficult enough… imagine having to leave your home with two kiddos in tow (one a special needs toddler) because your home is suddenly infested with mold and becomes uninhabitable. Well, that happens to be the scenario myself and my family were recently thrown into. Unbeknownst to us, we had a leak in our master bathroom shower area and it caused one hell of a mess inside our walls and underneath our floors. We’ve also all developed breathing issues which we now know can be attributed to living in a mold infested environment. They have to open up and demolish roughly half of our home including both bathrooms and our oldest son’s bedroom. It’s a big headache and a big bill. We’re going to have to get all new drywall, flooring, bathroom fixtures, etc. We won’t even be able to return home for about a month. Luckily, insurance hooked us up with a nice AirBNB. So, in lieu of our crappy situation we got put up in a lovely 5 acre estate with a pool and spa. It’s a nice way to continue our quarantine even if we are driving back and forth to move all of our belongings into our temporary residence. So, in short, I won’t be able to game or access internet too much. I’m running off DSL in the wine country so it’s pretty unreliable and slow. Stay safe, everyone! ❤

You Do You

Times are crazy right now. I’m sure the majority of us are all experiencing crazy stress and life changing alterations to our day to day activities. There’s seriously not a better time to practice self-care than the present. If you don’t take care of yourself, how will you be able to take care of the people/pets/plants/inanimate objects around you? Below is a list I’ve compiled of some of the best ideas for self-care during these unexpected and scary times.

Emotional

  • Exercise kindness (within reason) towards those around you
  • Try to focus on the positive whenever possible
  • Call/text/message friends or family so as not to become lonely
  • Spend more time with pets to help reduce stress
  • Spend time outdoors if possible. (keep social distancing in mind)
  • Focus on hobbies and interests you may otherwise have little time to work on
  • Start a new hobby or interest
  • Limit time watching/reading the news (this sometimes perpetuates fear and paranoia if done excessively)

Physical

  • Rest so as not to compromise your immune system
  • Eat healthy
  • Meditate, stretch, exercise, or do yoga
  • Make sure to go outdoors when possible to get your daily dose of Vitamin D
  • Give yourself a home manicure/pedicure
  • Take a long bubble bath to relax your tense muscles during these stressful times
  • Catch up on yard work/gardening or any projects around the house

And even though this post was about self-care we shouldn’t just focus on ourselves all of the time. I’m talking about the hoarders out there and the people who are going out and ignoring the social distancing or lockdown orders. You all are the problem. In critical times like these we need to act within reason, with empathy, and logic. To act impulsively with your own best interests in mind does no good. There are so many people out there that are vulnerable and we need to take the proper precautions to ensure their health and safety as well during all of this. If you have any elderly neighbors or family members, please check on them. You can always help them out by ordering necessities and groceries for them through apps like Instacart. A lot of older people are unfamiliar with these services which are extremely helpful during this time. Stay safe and be kind, everyone! ❤