Like most, I am stuck at home. Although I have my laptop and work phone here with me and am actively working, it is just not the same. We have formed a team to make phone calls to reach out to our elderly citizens to check on them and see if there is anything they may need. What I have found is that most are self sufficient and are having no problems. On occasions I discover someone who does need something and one of our local charities is quickly contacted and put into action.
I have also delivered needed food packages and posted COVID 19 posters on local businesses to inform the public about social distancing while they are out and about.
I myself am practicing social distancing and now only leave my house only if it absolutely necessary. Even though I am continuing to work out in the field a few days per week I am finding it difficult to maintain a stay at home routine.
On average, based on my apple watches calculations, I burn an average of 3,200 calories per day. Since staying home that number has dropped drastically. I am lucky to have purchased a treadmill last year and try to use it at least once per day. Being that the gym is closed there is no weight lifting at lunchtime, nor random walking during the day. The yoga studio is shut down and even though they are offering online classes I find it difficult to practice during the “at home” work day.
I have noticed that I am gaining weight and my daily blood sugar numbers have been going up. I would love to have the opportunity to get out and do some hiking or long distance walking, but it is continuously raining and still doesn’t show a chance of stopping for at least another few months. And this brings about another problem as the lack of sunshine has added to a less than desirable mood. I am not, nor have ever been a stay at home type of person. My body was born to burn energy and in desperation I may find myself out in the rain to take on a few miles per day.
This typically that time of year where I find myself heading out to a warmer region for a week just to capture some sunshine and involve myself with some physical activity, socializing and having fun. It is obvious that this years vacation has turned into a corona-cation.
On the other side of my thoughts, I am grateful that my family is healthy and doing well, but I do worry as we have two more grandchildren due in the next few months. I have set a date in my head of May 2nd as a point where I believe we may once again be safe to start returning to normal. This brings me close to “planting season”, when I will need to get my gardens set up for this years harvest. I have many chores to do and find that I have plenty of time on my hands but then again, it never stops raining here in the Pacific Northwest.
My thoughts around this vicious attack of a virus that has caused a pandemic are built around balance. All things in nature when out of balance find a way to return to balanced. It’s almost like the earth sending us a warning that we need to be more careful about the destruction we are causing. A warning that we all need to slow down and work to keep a natural balance in our own lives. A warning to let us know that when we believe that we are in charge, it is simply not true.
I will heed this warning and remember it always and live in rhythm with the natural balance of nature and learn that this balance is not only for the earth itself, but a balance that we all need in our lives.