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The new normal: How to keep going through the COVID-19 pandemic

March 18, 2020

The new normal: How to keep going through the COVID-19 pandemic

Not too long ago, the coronavirus was a news story, one that didn’t hit too close to home for most of us. Now, the threat of this contagion has put us in self-quarantine, limiting contact to other people and severely restricting our options for some of the simple things we took for granted. While we’re experiencing “the new normal” with restrictions of the health crisis, you still need to know how to keep going on with your life through the COVID-19 pandemic. Here in Seattle, we’re dealing with perhaps more exposure to the coronavirus than in most of the rest of the country. Maybe that’s why we’re able to give you some tips for reducing stress and increasing comfort.

OK, so you can’t get toilet paper. There’s no rationale why people suddenly began hoarding it. Chalk it up to a panic response that spread too far and too fast. Guess what? You can use tissues and paper napkins (the inexpensive, flimsy ones are perfect), as long as you don’t flush them. Problem solved.

There’s no live sports to watch. Normally, fans would be frenzied with March Madness, but it was cancelled. And the opening of the MLB baseball season has been delayed. Everything from the NBA and NHL to the Kentucky Derby and Masters Tournament have been postponed. 

Instead of being an armchair athlete, channel that energy into physical activity. Go for a long walk or run. Ride your bike. Convert your elliptical or treadmill from a clothes hanger to its actual purpose and get in a safe and healthy cardio workout.

Find boredom busters. If you’ve ever endured a power outage, you probably pulled out the board games. Well, you’re not without electricity, so the list of things to do when self-quarantined is a lot longer. 

While you’re sequestered, piece together a jigsaw puzzle or play Monopoly with the people in your inner circle. Use apps to play games with other people online. Work your way through the books in your stash or listen to audio books. 

In the aftermath of 9/11, many Americans sought comfort. They took up hobbies that occupied their hands and minds, like woodworking, baking, gardening, painting, and needlework (knitting, crocheting, sewing, needlepoint, cross stitch). Scrapbooking became incredibly popular as people used this hobby to preserve memories, a truly calming pursuit.

This is also valuable time to work through the “To Do” list of repairs and makeovers in your abode. Dive into a project at home, like a fixer-upper or long-awaited repair. Paint a room or a piece of furniture. Clean out the garage or basement. Fix the squeaky door, leaky faucet, and ripped screen door. Install that smart technology you’ve been thinking about—lock, camera, garage door opener…whatever.

Learn something new. Challenge yourself to use this time wisely by expanding your knowledge. Enroll in an online course or just research a topic or idea that piques your interest. Maybe you want to learn a new technique for an existing hobby or broaden your menu for using your air fryer. How about learning a new language? 

You have the vast expanses of the web to support your quest. YouTube videos, articles, Pinterest, even Facebook groups—they’re all just a click away from filling your mind with information, ideas, and inspiration.

Be good to yourself. There’s no question that living your life during the pandemic is a challenge. The news coverage is a stress-booster. We don’t know how long this social distancing will last and even how much more it will change our lives. 

That’s why you need to take care of yourself. Get plenty of quality rest. Stop looking at any electronic screens at least an hour before bedtime because the blue light emitted from them can disrupt your circadian rhythm, your body’s internal clock. Instead, read or listen to a book or magazine before bed. Plug into a relaxing playlist. Do some deep breathing or meditation exercises to relax your body.

Be sure to add healthy things into your life during your extended period of self-quarantine. Fuel your body and mind with the right stuff, like fresh fruit and veggies. Get out and walk. Alternatively, nice, long soak in the tub can be just the thing to perk up your spirits. 

Keep doing whatever you can. What were your daily habits before the coronavirus pandemic suddenly changed everything? Maybe you had started looking for a new car or a home. You don’t have to put life on hold. We’re still working with homebuyers in the way that best suits them. Video and virtual tours are a great way to look at your options.

Stop counting the days and start counting your blessings. Everything is temporary. Good times and bad times are short-lived. Avoid focusing on the difficulty. Instead, think about the good things in your life—the people who matter to you, having a safe place to live, enough food to eat, your faith, and every other blessing you’ve somehow overlooked. Hold onto a positive attitude and look at this time as the opportunity to tune out the noise and tune into yourself. This, too, shall pass.

About Blue Fern Homes

We are a local builder of townhomes in the Seattle area. Our team has roots in the Pacific Northwest and we share our passion for this quality lifestyle in every detail of the homes we build, and beyond. Giving back is part of the Blue Fern culture, so when we’re not focused on homebuilding, we’re out there pitching in at food banks and on conservation projects—while still finding time to enjoy the beautiful outdoors we’re so blessed to have here. If you’re looking for a builder with integrity, dedication, and master skills, contact us at Blue Fern Homes.

With the current pandemic, Blue Fern is taking careful steps to protect the health and safety of our customers and team members. We have intensified the cleaning protocol in our homes and offices, and we're limiting showings to private, in-person tours. Virtual home tours are always available, too. Head to our blog to read more on the best ways to manage during this pandemic.