I bought groceries in my pajamas this morning. Don’t worry – I didn’t leave the house.
A couple of our grocery stores around here have been offering the option of curbside pick-up for quite a while now, but I’ve never taken advantage of it. Now that Coronavirus has made its way to our city, I decided it was time to take the leap.
We do the majority of our grocery shopping at two different stores. That means we usually end up making trips to both stores whenever we buy groceries, and right now, I’m not really that comfortable even going into one. Thankfully, I was able to do orders at both stores online.
We still have to drive to two different stores, but we don’t even have to leave our car.
Many of us are doing things right now we’ve never done before. Change isn’t easy at the best of times, and when it’s forced on us, it can be even more difficult.
Between the stress of the situation we’re all in now and the changes we have to make to our schedules, to our ways of doing things, etc., those of us who live with chronic illness run the risk, if we’re not careful, of letting this completely derail our chronic illness care plan.
So how do we keep that from happening? Here are some things that are helping me, and I hope they’ll help you as well:
- Acknowledge your feelings about what’s going on. It’s perfectly normal to be uneasy at a time like this. Trying to pretend we’re not worried, or refusing to face what’s going on only sets us up for more stress. We all know the impacts chronic stress can have on our health.
- Take all the precautions you need to take. Taking charge of what we can control can help us know we’re doing everything we can. When things feel so out of control, at least we know there are some things we can take charge of.
- Stick to your self-care plan as much as possible. Taking care of our health now is more important than ever. Eating well, exercising, stress-reduction techniques, and even pampering ourselves a little can help keep our immune systems strong.
- Try to stick to your normal schedule as much as you can. When we can stick to our routines, it can give us a sense of normalcy and reduce the stress associated with the big changes we’re experiencing.
- Keep in touch with your loved ones. With social distancing, we may not be able to physically be with our loved ones, but we can call, stay in contact via social media, or a use a service such as Skype to see them.
- Remember you’re not alone. This situation can cause us to feel isolated, but we’re all in this together. If you need to talk with someone, please reach out; don’t suffer in silence.
Finding ways to minimize the impacts of the changes we’re experiencing is important to keep us from being derailed. Although things may feel different now, we still need to make our self-care a priority.
I’ve shared what works for me, but what works for one person may not work for another. We are unique individuals and we have to tailor our self-care activities to our needs.
What are some of the things you’re doing to avoid flares and stay as well as possible? Please share!