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Thread: Living Alone and Sheltering In Place

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    Coping OK, know some who have the virus or were exposed, so had to emphatically tell a relative they cannot come over until they have been isolated for 2 weeks.

    Yes, even if the BF's ill grandma was "only home from hospital an hour" you were exposed. Should have left before she got there.

    Seeing a 20-year-old have their first huge adult experience to deal with is difficult.

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    Platinum Member Lambert's Avatar
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    I have been following Dr Falci's advice: "we should all be acting as if we ARE sick: eat well, keep hydrated, exercise, & get a lot of rest."

    I always worked from home, so no change there. But I'm trying to use this time for self improvement, more time to exercise, more time to call people, more time to focus on the things I enjoy- meditating, reading, cooking.

    I'm introverted, but this is a bit too much of a good thing! So when it seems a bit much, I focus on being grateful. Journaling really helps with that... write it out and eventually thoughts and words turn to the more positive aspects.

    I go for drives... sing in the car like I do , check out the store parking lots, see what people are doing (from a distance) That helps with the shopping, too... if a place has an almost empty lot, that's a good time to stop in.

    I order take out. Trying to help my local places stay open. I get a few things that make a decent sized order. Helps me supplement meals I make at home, too. Like this week, I ordered dinner for the night plus a quart of soup and some appetizers that re-heat well... that became part of lunches the rest of the week. So I'm not eating the same things all the time.

    I check on my elderly neighbors. So far they are all doing well. And it feels good to help others. I've been wiping down door knobs and banisters in our building to help the maintenance workers that are doing such a good job of cleaning. They've been doing the walls and the carpets. They aren't doing any maintenance requests in apartments that aren't an emergency.

    So basically, just hanging in here. Making things to do.

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    Platinum Member Cherylyn's Avatar
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    I've been sewing masks. Since I'm a quilter, I have tons of fabric and sewing supplies so I'm all set. I will save masks for my family and postal mail some masks to relatives. I also have a delicate garment bag for myself and them so they can put them in the delicate laundry bag and launder them easily. It is a fun hobby. Sewing masks is a piece of cake.

    I'm a homebody at heart anyway so this COVID-19 pandemic hasn't affected me. I'm still the same in general. The only difference is I enjoy being with my husband since we both have been working from home for almost a month now. Life is slower paced which I love, love, love. Life isn't as stressful since we don't have long, harrowing commutes anymore, we're well rested, eat delicious home cooked meals and there are no more time crunches. We're no longer on strict, frenetically paced schedules. Suddenly, there is more time! While many people are whining about this lock down, I'm kicking my heels, couldn't be happier and I feel giddy. I'm not happy about this pandemic per se but I'm savoring my current lifestyle to the hilt. We're also saving a ton of money every month; especially gas for our cars.

    My husband and I don't eat out, do take out nor go to the movie theater. The last time we ate out was in Dec 2019 and we haven't stepped foot into a movie theater in 11 years! It's simply not our lifestyle. I enjoy cooking at home. In that sense, we're frugal. In other ways, ever since my 14 year old dog passed away and since we don't pay for entertainment (dine out / take out / movie theater / amusement parks / outings / never pay for tickets), I've recently purchased shoes, clothing apparel, jewelry and a handbag. I prefer to buy what I want and forgo gift exchanges for birthdays and Christmas. It's my way. I work hard so those are my treats.

    My in-laws eat out every night and frequent the movie theater every week pre-COVID-19 pandemic. They're suddenly saving a ton of money every month as well. It's amazing how wasteful spending money can be.

    My brother grocery shops for my mother so my sister and I are off the hook there. Life is good.

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    Platinum Member Wiseman2's Avatar
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    I have reached out far and wide to everyone even acquaintances with a simple 'how are you doing?', type note. It's great hearing from people about their area, experiences, thoughts, etc. Considering the whole world is dealing with this, it is often greeted with 'great hearing from you' and a bit of catch-up. Helps the isolated feeling, for myself, for them.


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