Let’s take a one day pause from fretting – we need to think about spring coming, it’s nearly here. Think about joy and laughter; we need to talk about something exciting and debate-worthy that isn’t about healthcare service delivery during this COVID-19 epoch, economic destruction, or the risk of breathing on or near people. Start by thinking about something other than a virus.
8 things we can all do when we unplug, turn-off, and reboot:
Go for a walk.
Call someone, plan a meeting.
Meet someone for a slice of pie.
Eat at a restaurant, leave a big tip.
Call someone, talk, and listen – but mostly, listen.
Wash your car, clean your floor mats, go for a drive.
Get a piece of paper – write a poem rather than a shopping list.
Go to a store, buy something beautiful for yourself that you don’t need.
While there, spend time being kind, and buy something beautiful for someone else.
These are not big things, but they could be precious things. Whether you are going about your usual daily activities, or hunkered down in fear, your spirits need a lift. So does everyone; let’s give people we know a booster shot of good cheer and warm thoughts. Rub shoulders, bump elbows, talk intimately and passionately – but at a safe distance.
Before you go out, draw the drapes – leave a roll of paper towel, a laundry basket, and disinfectant spray by the door. When you return, take off your clothes, disinfect the door handle, disinfect your phone, wallet, keys – anything you used or touched, put everything you were wearing in the washing machine, have a shower, get dressed, wash your hands. For the next 12 hours, don’t touch anything you’ve touched in the last 12 hours unless it has been disinfected or laundered.