Happiness at home, in spite of social distancing
I’m not going to lie. I love being at home. I am a homebody. I have loads of interests and projects which I can only do at home. There is not enough time to get after all I want to do at home. I could have all the necessities of life delivered to our front door and be totally happy. The rest of my family does not share in my enthusiasm.
In fact, loads of people are not at all happy about a period of working from home. But, there are ways to make the best of the situation. Considering that many people already choose work that is remote, (for the benefits it provides), possibly the key is to design a productive routine. For sure, work which needs to bring a group of people together who cannot inhabit the same place, will require a change in method. Staying productive despite the social distancing restriction is key.
There may be A Silver Lining of Social Distancing. Not to minimize the struggles that many are facing around the world as daily life retreats from the social realm. There was a time, not that long ago, when everyone took a break on Sunday’s. Except for going to church for a short period of time, no stores were open, often not even restaurants. Sunday was a time for the family to be together and enjoy each other’s company. One day a week is much different than weeks in a row, but the practice is the same. Managing our time differently is at the core and could be a good thing going forward when life returns to normal.
How to not practice emotional distancing during social distancing, reminds us of the importance of prioritizing our important inter-personal connections. This is critical for someone like me who loves being at home. I lose track of days and weeks. Out of sight, out of mind. I forget to connect with the people I love. It’s not that I don’t think of people, I just get busy with the next thing I am working on. Practising emotional connection is a great reminder.
Especially for those living in big cities, it is critical to employ Creative Ways to Build Neighborhood Unity in the Age of Social Distancing. There are so many good stories popping up where people are being the stranger who is kind, or thankful to be on the receiving end of it. This is a time for all of us to look out for each other. Just like Mr. Rogers advised children in his TV program, “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” There doesn’t need to be large groups of us to accomplish big acts of kindness towards each other.
Social distancing motivates us to be more proactive about scheduling time to spend together, in different ways. As Hanging Out Gets Difficult, More People Are Turning To Social Video Games. This was never an option when I was young. We struggled to get enough time to talk on the telephone, (with a long enough cord to stretch into the privacy of our bedroom). What an interesting thing, to have the technology to play video games with friends, each in their own space. I suppose we could watch movies this way as well.
As we finish up the second full week of social distancing in Canada, it is interesting to see how quickly we are adapting. On Saturday morning, I placed an order for paint from a local shop called, The Passionate Home. I expected the shipment to take a couple of working days to arrive and the project I wanted it for could begin the following weekend. Instead I got a knock on my door Saturday afternoon. The owner of the shop delivered my order. I was so pleasantly shocked! I think many people are not buying things if a retail store is not open, but don’t let that stop you. These small businesses rely on our patronage even more at a time like this.
Now I’m off to paint! Take care and do something creative!