I’m trying to chip marshmallow goo out of my pathetic pandemic hair – the aftermath of a S’mores dessert on a lovely summer night. We’ve had our germ posse with us essentially since mid-March. Our gang includes a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old, their parents and their other set of grandparents. Some of our crowd have compromised systems so we’re quite scrupulous about masking up and social distancing when we head to “civilization” away from our 160 wooded acreage bordering a national forest. I’ve made over 500 face masks, some of which were for the University of Utah Hospital’s “Project Protect.” I’ve enjoyed face time with my other children and their families. My husband is still employed. For the most part, we’re all healthy and making great memories together.
In some ways this is the best possible scenario for isolating. We’re with wonderful people who are dedicated to getting along and taking turns with the little ones while the 30-somethings both work full time. We have enough food. We’re well supplied in soap, disinfectant and toilet paper (and diapers for the baby). Despite it’s not being a situation any of us would choose in an ideal world, we are grateful for the blessings of our particular circumstances and very aware of how much harder it is for so many others.
I’m enjoying cookouts in the back yard and taking a shift every day to play with/educate/exercise with/ enlighten/ or cuddle with my grandsons. However, I acknowledge that as blissful as this is, it’s still quite a shift from my productive routine as a 60+ person who had come to love her empty nest. I am loving this time, but having no known finish line is challenging. I cling to the wisdom of Sister Virginia Hinckley Pearce’s plea to “learn to live with ambiguity.”
I’ve been poking around for resources for staying mentally and emotionally stable during these uncertain days. Here are six of the good finds I’ve discovered. If you have found others to recommend, please share them!
The World Health Organization provides a free downloadable storybook called “My Hero is You” to help children and young people around the globe cope with a COVID 19 world.
It also provides psychosocial guidelines for COVID-19 responders which is also applicable to everyone impacted by the current epidemic.
This op-ed from CNN helps describe why we find ourselves getting depressed, losing focus and feeling anxious during these complicated times – and what we can do about it.
This article from healthychildren.org gives basic and practical advice for effectively helping children learn during our predicament.
This 14 minute KFH (Wichita)sports radio interview with psychologist Emily Stevens shares pointers on creativity, acknowledging grief, and making human connections.
This graphic provided by WHO.int gives pointers about anger management.
What good advice, experience or resources can you share with us?