Hanging on to your sanity may be your best accomplishment this year. With everything that is going on, it is easy to lose it. More people are experiencing depression, anger, sadness, melancholy, and a bunch of other emotions that one wouldn't want to wish on others.
Yet, it is what it is. Life sucks right now, and we just have to deal with it.
You're not getting any platitudes from me today.
Right now, I can't handle platitudes.
What I can share are things that are keeping me sane. Things that I hope will help (if you need).
They say people are humblebragging about the hobbies and skills they have discovered during quarantine. And while it can be annoying to see your social media feed full of expert bakers, cooks, gardeners, and whatnot (jealous much?), there is something to be said about expanding your skillset. It's not mandatory, of course, but hey, if you have the time and inclination, why not pick up something new?
For me, it's learning Spanish. It's a language I have always loved and started to learn in school but I never really got around to taking it seriously afterward. Today, my daily Duolingo session is the one constant in my life. And that keeps me sane.
2. TV shows
Yep, binge-watching. Sure, it's not the best way to keep your mind sharp, but we do need our moments of escapism. Whether it's Will and Grace or The Boys, who cares? My TV shows help me deal, and nothing other people say will change that.
3. Conversations with real people
I have to admit that I am not good at keeping in touch with others. Ask my closest friends, and they'll probably tell you they can count the number of times we speak in year in one hand - much less actually see each other. With this forced stay-at-home situation and not being able to travel, I have found myself reaching out. Surprise, surprise! If you're like me, you might want to give it a go (if you haven't already). It just might make you feel better.
So, how about you? What's keeping you grounded?