These are scary times and the constant bombardment of news, good and bad, doesn't help. I tend to have anxiety problems anyway, so I keep my consumption of news to a minimum. In particular, I don't go to social media for my news. Politics and news are blocked or eradicated on my social media feeds. Anxiety is the last thing I need more of right now. This post is about how we are coping and is not intended as any kind of medical or legal advice. Feel perfectly free to ignore it all.
In the case of the coronavirus, I use very little of our many news outlets. There are those out there that specialize in fear mongering or focus too much on the negative and not enough on the positive. For example, I learned in yesterday's WHO brief that 70% of the people infected in China have already recovered. Did you see that anywhere in the news?
One thing that was drummed into me as a graduate student was to always go to the original source. Given that, I have hunted down the sources that I think are most trusted for COVID-19 information. I usually only check them once a day in late afternoon or evening because I really just want to get on with life and not sit here wringing my hands all day.
My husband and I are both 65, and have some chronic though not debilitating health problems, like asthma, so we have chosen to be cautious. We have also made a few preparations in case we find ourselves needing to stay home for several days.
We have chosen to start developing these habits and making these preparations now so if COVID-19 does occur locally, we are prepared. March is spring break month and we often see a lot of tourists in this area, which increases the chances of an outbreak here. The most important thing is to educate yourself on recommended procedures, don't panic, and cooperate if your local authorities implement any kind of quarantine because it is for the good of you, your family and neighbors. We will get through this.
I am a big believer is using little indulgences for self-care. I think it's important to do something nice for yourself every day, just to promote that sense of well-being and comfort. In winter, one aspect of that is staying warm. My husband and I each have our personal blankets and snuggies that we curl up in to read or watch TV or just to sip on tea and listen to music. I think this is in line with the Danish principle of hygge and it makes perfect sense to me. Especially at home. Home should always be about comfort and peace; an escape from the rest of the world that whirls by crazily. This free pattern is perfect for that.
Review: Making a Life-Working by hand and discovering the life you are meant to live by Melanie Falick.
I first read about this book on the Mason Dixon Knitting daily news snippets that come to my email. It sounded interesting, so I added it to my Christmas wish list and was super excited when I unwrapped the box and saw what was inside. I highly recommend making wish lists, whether on Amazon or somewhere else. Then you get exactly what you want, but opening the box is still a surprise.
The book has a little of an anthropological tone, which was part of what interested me. I did some small research projects in college using a naturalistic inquiry approach and have always been fascinated by what you can learn from and about people this way. Melanie Falick interviews and chronicles the lives of different makers, some in the United States and some in other countries. Her goal was to answer two basic questions - (1) Why do people make things with their hands? and (2) Why do they strive to make them beautiful?
Hi there! I am Jeannine.
I believe that a holistic and balanced approach to life is a must when living with an autoimmune disease. I share gluten and dairy free recipes and all the other things I do here. I just like doing stuff and making stuff.
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