We’ve all been reading about how we can keep ourselves and others safe while we try to flatten the COVID-19 curve.
Brenda has worked at home for the past 14 years and she’s developed a routine that keeps her going even on days when she’d rather stay under the covers. Maybe you can’t do everything on this list. But whether you’re alone or caring for others, self care is essential; flight attendants always tell passengers to put on their own oxygen mask before assisting others.
- Wake up at the same time every day.
- Make your bed.
- Take a shower or bath.
- Get dressed.
- Make yourself breakfast, even if it’s just coffee. Sit down to eat/drink it.
- Make yourself lunch. Sit down to eat it.
- Designate a specific time each day for chores.
- If it’s nice outside and you can, take a walk.
- Look for one thing each day that makes you smile, even for a few seconds.
- Go to bed at the same time every night.
Brenda’s friend sent this poem yesterday and we’re sending it to you with a collective hug and prayer that everyone gets through this safely.
Prayer for a Pandemic
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
– Cameron Wiggins Belim