Hey everyone, it’s Crysta, and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you and share some of my thoughts about what’s going on in the world and the Covid-19 threat.
First of all, I want to thank each of you for taking the time to read my blog, for sharing your thoughts in the comments, for sharing the posts to your friends and families. It really means a lot to small bloggers like myself. As a blogger, there are times when you are working day and night to write and create, and the views are just not there. And that means that there are no ad clicks and no money coming in. Bloggers make money because readers click on ads and make purchases through our links.
Anyways, thank you.
So I’ve been sitting here trying to figure out what to say. I am a bundle of mixed emotions.
I’ve always been open about my anxiety issues, and it’s hard enough to move from day to day with normal stress. This is tough! I’ve been taking more CBD today to try to be strong for my kids, but I’m pretty scared.
I know I’m not alone.
Last week a friend sent me a video from her local Costco in Seattle. Right down the street from where my son and daughter-in-love live. There were police and barricades! The shelves were empty, and it was terrible. It really hit me that things could get bad, and I started to stock up on things like dog food and dry beans. My son and his wife have always been the type to be ready, but how do you prepare for this?
Yesterday my kids, who are all adults, all started calling because their jobs were shut down due to the virus. How where they going to pay their bills, and what do they do? Should they come home and stay with us?
When the kids were little, I called them my “Little Ducks,” and it stuck. It was my instinct when I began to fear for them and their health that I wanted to call them all and gather all of my ducklings under my wing, into my arms and protect them. Even though my oldests of 5 will be 30 this year, I just wanted them all to be piled on the couch watching toons and making a mess.
As a mother of adults, it’s is a battle not to want to treat them like little kids and ask them to come home. The reality is that I’m scared for them and scared of the worst-case scenarios that play out in my head because I live with anxiety and PTSD.
Instead of thinking about what could happen, today think only about what is and work from there.
Today is the best day to take inventory of what’s essential and what’s real, both physically and mentally.
Many of us are home today trying to figure out what to do. So instead of reading endless scary statistics, go clean out your cabinets and pantry. Make a list of what you actually have and what you might need to get by for the next few weeks.
By focusing on something you need to accomplish, you have a goal and something that you can do about this situation.
Take it room by room and sort through what you need and what you don’t. This is a great time for spring cleaning. Wipe things down and put everything in place.
Clean today, so you don’t have to worry about it later.
Many of us put off deep cleaning because we don’t have time. Well, Mother Nature just forced us all to have more time!
This week instead of thinking about toilet paper and missed school, use this time to organize and get your home into a better state of mind. Because to be real, if you or someone in your home gets sick, you need to have your home clutter-free so you can sterilize it easier.
Make meal plans so you can use your supplies without loss
After you clean out the pantry and organize the fridge, it would be a great idea to make an actual list of what you have. Then you can make a meal plan calendar so you are using up fresh ingredients that might go bad in meals that are meant to stretch.
Think about making meals that will blend into leftover recipes for the next day.
There are still places online that have great deals.
Lastly, don’t panic about going out to buy the things you might want. There are a lot of great small businesses that are offering deals to help you get through this.
I found Joy Organics was offering a BOGO sale on CBD, and I’m stocking up while I can since I know deals like this one won’t last.
Other places like Dropps have laundry detergent and dishwasher detergent with eco-responsible packaging and no unnecessary fillers or dyes. And at a time like this when it seems like the planet is pissed at us, I’m okay with carbon-neutral shipping and making a more significant effort to fix what we broke! They are even offering a 20% discount.
Lastly, I want to ask all of you to practice more kindness than you have ever done before. People are scared, and others are just trying to hold it together for their loved ones.
Keep your comments to yourself and spread more joy than negativity.
My gram would always say that you should sow seeds of kindness. Trust me; we need it right now.
Stay safe and healthy,