21 Reminders In These COVID-19 Times

Please stop reading Aunt Karen’s Facebook page

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  1. It is ok to go outside and soak in the sunshine — it is not ok to go to the bar and pretend like it’s a snow day.
  2. It is ok to let your kids play outside — it’s not ok to have a giant play date with the entire neighborhood. Playdates are the breeding ground for germs — it’s where they will inevitably sneeze on one another, and hug one another, and cough in each other’s eyeballs -does that sound sanitary to you?
  3. It’s not a good idea to visit your grandparents — but FaceTime, and Skype, and video conferencing is a beautiful thing. You can call them — and you can see them, too.
  4. It is ok to go grocery shopping — it is not ok to yell at, scream at, or demand things of those who are working in grocery stores across the country. They’re tired and scared, too. Calm. Down.
  5. You will get through this — we will all get through this a bit faster and calmer if we work together.
  6. Trust in scientists and doctors and medical professionals — heed their warnings and their recommendations.
  7. Just because you’re not hanging out with your friends and loved ones does not mean you cannot check in on them. Social media was built for times like these — tehcnology was, too. The coming weeks are the time to use your social media skills for the powers of good.
  8. It’s ok to focus on the positive — especially in these scary times. It doesn’t mean you’re not recognizing what’s going on in the world — it just means you’re leaning into the light.
  9. Count the stories of people who are doing kind things for one another — and for strangers, too. Those are the stories that will warm your heart. Those are the moments to hold onto in times like these.
  10. A bubble bath is a great way to calm nerves — hot water is a gift.
  11. Music is a great way to calm nerves — remember that you don’t have to pay for things like Spotify. Those old iTunes playlists that you made in 1999 will bring a smile to your face.
  12. Cleaning your floors, and wiping down counters, and scrubbing your bathroom is much more enjoyable while you listen to a podcast. There are quite literally millions of them — and they’re free.
  13. There is no need to hoard toilet paper. As far as we know, this is not a virus that makes you, ahem, go to the bathroom more than necessary.
  14. There is no need to prepare for this as if a hurricane is coming. Go shopping so that you don’t have to frequent the grocery store multiple times a week, sure. But recognize that a virus is not a hurricane, and a hurricane is not a virus.
  15. Do you have a stack of books in your home that you’ve meant to read? Now would be a great time to read them as you practice social distancing.
  16. Keep breathing. Nothing good will come from holding your breath.
  17. If you’re fortunate to be able to work from home, it will be good for your heart and your head to get dressed as if you would normally. Doesn’t it seem silly that we’re obsessively washing our hands, and yet, staying in our sweats for days on end?
  18. One source of excellent information is The World Health Organization. Go there for your information, not your Aunt Karen’s Facebook page.
  19. Another source of excellent information is The CDC website. Go there for additional information, not Uncle Bill’s Facebook page.
  20. It’s ok to hold onto your hope — hope will see you through. Hope will be the guiding light that’ll get you through the dark.

I write essays and poetry about life lessons, love, relationships, and self-awareness. More info: meganminutillo.com + @meganminutillo.

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