Are you starting to wonder, as I am, what other creative activity you can come up with to keep the day rolling and interesting? I have cleaned cupboards, closets, baked, cooked, written, read, made calls to others, sudoku, scrambled words, worked in the garden when the weather cooperates, worked out daily, walks on nice days, played the piano…….I have found it valuable to keep myself updated on both the national and local news. I have attempted to avoid overexposure to TV news as this can prove counterproductive in my efforts to remain resolute in the face of such extreme tragedy. The TV comes on at night to check the news and then that is it.
I try to stay calm and positive in the face of having most of my ordinary bearing being shredded by this pernicious disease. I make every effort to focus on living with purpose and direction which, to say the least, is no small task. But that challenge to hold on and be positive does not work every day. Some days, the horror of this pandemic does penetrate my soul despite my best efforts to keep it at bay and I suddenly am not feeling the happy person I like to be. For instance, the notice of my friend’s husband dying of Parkinson’s and her not being able to celebrate his life with those that care was just heartbreaking and I carried some intense dark feelings for a few days. And those rainy days are they pits – not being able to get outside at a time like this just makes it harder to cope.
So could these suggestions possibly help?
- Try to stay with a schedule
- Remember exercising is important to the body and soul
- Get dressed and do not always just wear lounging clothes
- Keep yourself up on the news but do not let it become your focus. Get educated on the news but don’t listen all-day
- Try to come up with projects to take on that make you happy – cooking, organizing, coloring, sudoku, scrambled words, gardening, letter writing, exercising, etc.
- Contact and check in on those who might be alone. Keep up with family and friends
- Create a journal logging in the pandemic’s effect on your life that someday will be passed on to the next generation who may not believe some of what they read you have been thought.
- Take photos that will be sharing the experience of this unusual event you are living through. Not often do we see empty streets, parking lots and so many out walking around with masks on
We are trying to endure and survive by engaging in activities that will hopefully serve to support our emotional and physical well-being. We are in this situation through no fault of our own, but we do have a stake in how we take this on. Is it easy living with chronic medical conditions and taking on the pandemic? Not at all. For those of us living with chronic medical conditions have had to learn to develop coping skills. We have been forced by our circumstances to substitute new activities and skills to replace what we have lost. So let us keep using those creative skills, continue to use our common sense, and stay safe. We may not be able to control when this pandemic ends but perhaps we can have some input into how it ends. And may all of the readers of this article continue on with life when the dust settles. Wishing you well.
May life be kind to you,
Ellen Lenox Smith
Author of: It Hurts Like Hell!: I Live With Pain– And Have a Good Life, Anyway, and My Life as a Service Dog!
The information in this column should not be considered as professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only and represents the author’s opinions alone. It does not inherently express or reflect the views, opinions and/or positions of National Pain Report.
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