Isolation: Update & Tips

If you read my post about Isolation it gave some pointers about how to deal with the social isolation many are experiencing today. I will drop the link to it below if you have not had a chance to read it yet.

So, today we are looking into week three of our personal isolation, as I said before my husband started earlier than some here in GA/the US. I am very thankful that has company saw the need to send everyone home, and to have them start working from home when they did. We have been blessed to have him here with us and not in the office. Couple that together with our kids are homeschooled online and it has been a huge piece of mind all the way around. Yes, even as a Deist, I believe in blessings <3

What have we done so far in our isolation? Well, not a whole lot. The hubby and the kids are still doing normal schedules with work and school. Me, well, I have been keeping up with laundry, cooking, cleaning, maintaining the blog and my social media pages, and as many moms out there, trying to keep my children from driving each other insane.

We are so used to being able to get out at least 1 to 2 times a week but with our city now placing a shelter in place/stay at home action for us; we are VERY limited in what we can do at the moment. Last Thursday, we were all feeling it. We were feeling a bit closed off and cut off from the world a bit. A bit stir crazy if you will. But, we managed to power through it and the weekend. I am sure more of the moments are bound to hit us as the number of cases continue to rise with Covid-19.

We decided to brave two stores over the weekend, let me say, shopping is becoming increasingly stressful here lately. The decrease of accessibility to stores, the decrease of the supplies in the stores, the decrease or limited precautionary measures seen in some stores… It is enough to give even the strongest of people a hefty dosage of anxiety.

This was my update I made for my family on the day we went out to get supplies that we needed for the house, kids, and our pets: I have been trying to do this daily to allow our family and friends still feel like they have some connection to us.

It is slightly edited for content and clarity.

March 28 at 5:21 PM ยท 

Daily check in: Better late than never, right?

We went to the store today. Got more baking stuff, fish…[why are people not buying fish? Maybe, it is just my southern roots, telling me let’s fry some catfish yo!] and some other items we needed. So here is how that went: We went to two places only.

Kroger:

We were asked at Kroger if owned restaurant, we had a bunch of baking items such as flour, sugar, brown sugar, yeast, etc.. The other cashier who walked up, looked at our stuff and then asked if we had kids…

I said: YES! three teenagers. I smiled and looked at my husband.

To which ALL THREE CLERKS AT ONE REGISTER laughed …. yes, you read that right… three clerks/ two of which were bagging the items. I went along with the joking but was not happy they were all clustered together. Meanwhile the clerk behind me, at the register next to us, bumped into me. I wish people were taking it more seriously.

BIG LOTS on the other hand, the poor guy standing up there at the register was behind a makeshift face shield from one of the display things in the store. I was glad to see this and wished we had seen it at Kroger too.

We did find out last night in a report that Kroger is going to start getting on board with the plastic dividers too. It is a good thing, but like with a lot of companies and things that are going on now, some of the efforts seem like they are almost too little, too late.

https://www.supermarketnews.com/issues-trends/kroger-giant-eagle-install-plexiglass-windows-covid-19-safeguard

Now onto the more serious part of this whole thing. What are the cities and counties that are around us specifically doing? Well, our city, put the “Stay at home order” into effect on last Friday. What does that mean for our city? Well, we are not allowed to leave the city… We are not allowed to go do things unless they are essential to our daily lives. Such as go to the grocery store and get food for ourselves or for our pets. Below is a small excerpt from the order that 11Alive posted on.

The order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28, through 11:59 p.m. on April 13, “or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended in writing by the chairman. “Residents may leave their homes to conduct activities that are essential to their own health and safety and that of family/household members, partners, significant others, and pets. Essential activities include, but are not limited to, obtaining food, medication and medical supplies, household consumer supplies and healthcare services or caring for a family member or pet in another household. “

https://www.11alive.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-georgia-latest-news/85-4d24be28-e659-4281-b3cb-c5e475ed9b42

While they left it open for activities like state parks, recreational activities like hiking, walking, and biking the state and cities are seeing an influx in people not following proper social distancing. Which now means, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Rangers are forced to close off trails. They are asking hikers to disperse after seeing thousands of people show up to the parks and not properly social distancing.

Just one of the the articles where they had to do this:

https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/thousands-of-hikers-crowd-georgia-trails-as-surrounding-states-close-parks?fbclid=IwAR2YTnkeb5dytcnpxHQxuSqnAbkmA490YfVrOElRzoQDvgaE3iYHh-C9zBA

Certain cities are giving the enforcement of the laws and mandates, up to local police, rangers, and other departments. We are now seeing individual counties and cities, declaring states of emergencies. Why are they doing this? Well, it is to make sure that they have access to emergency funds and resources they may not have access to otherwise.

See the full description here:

state of emergency is a situation in which a government is empowered to perform actions or impose policies that it would normally not be permitted to undertake. A government can declare such a state during a natural disaster, civil unrest, armed conflict, medical pandemic or epidemic or other biosecurity risk. Such declarations alert citizens to change their normal behavior and orders government agencies to implement emergency plans. States of emergency can also be used as a rationale or pretext for suspending rights and freedoms guaranteed under a country’s constitution or basic law, sometimes through martial law or revoking habeas corpus. The procedure for and legality of doing so vary by country.

For more information for what that means for us now here is a good article explaining it further: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/10/politics/state-of-emergency-meaning-explained/index.html

Sounds scary and intimidating doesn’t it? Like something out of a horror film, a science fiction novel, or even a bad dream. Trust me I know, this is not something any of us, ever thought we would be seeing or even living through at this moment in time. No, we were all lost in our own little worlds, minding our business, and concentrating on things that TODAY might have seemed extremely petty in the light of everything that is going on around us.-

Even with things changing daily, there are things that you can do to reduce the stress and anxiety that you may be experiencing currently. I have put together a small list for you all, I hope if nothing else, that it at least helps you find some peace and blessings of your own.

  • Stick to a daily routine as much as you can. Giving yourself a sense of normalcy helps you adjust to the current daily norm. Set your clock to wake you up at the same time every morning. Make some coffee, read a book, have some breakfast and get ready to take on the day.
  • Check-In with someone every day, It can be a friend, a family member, a co-worker you are close with at work, or even that person on a FB group/Forum you have connected with.
  • Video Chat!!! This one is important for those who live alone and are feeling disconnected. Video chatting helps people connect even more so than a phone call, you are able to see the faces you are missing so much, in addition to hearing their voices. Sometimes a phone call just is not enough to get you over your lonely feelings.
  • GET OUTSIDE! Even if you cannot leave your property for anything other than the essentials you can still find things to do outside. Make a fire, listen to some music, take a walk down your street, draw on the driveway or sidewalks with chalk, garden in your yard or make a flower box for your balcony.
  • Find projects to take on. These can be projects around the house or they can be projects like blogging, learning a new recipe, vlogging, the list for this could go on endlessly. Find something that you have always wanted to do and do it.
  • Talk about your stress and anxiety, do not keep it bottled in. It is okay to feel these things, we are all stressed and anxious these days.
  • Find a way to create balance not only in your life, but within yourself as well. Yoga, Meditation, Reading Cards, Using Crystals, Praying, Reading your religious texts. All of these things can help you find your inner peace and balance, especially in times like these. Whatever works for you, do it. If one thing does not work, try another. Be open and willing to find your center, to find your balance.

I think that is all I have for now, but I plan to add to these isolation updates at least once a week. If you have an isolation story you want me to share here on the blog or on the FB page, send me a message <3

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Until Next Time,

U.M.

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