Trying to stay positive or find positives to focus on can be extremely difficult in the face of a crisis and adversity, but it is also important for our mental and physical health.
I’m no expert, but I can offer my thoughts and experiences thus far. I’ve been in quarantine at home for two months now. Two months may sound like no time at all, but in quarantine time, it feels like a year has gone by. We haven’t been visiting relatives or friends. We haven’t gone out to grocery shop. I’ve only left to go to the doctor and to pick groceries or prescriptions through the drive-through. My son and I also just go drive around in the country to get out of the house for a bit.
Being a stay at home mom with chronic illness, I’ve gotten used to a certain level of isolation. But before I could at least get out and see familiar faces at the grocery store when I shopped and would also visit relatives. My family and I would also visit museums and go out to eat. All things I miss! Not to mention all the (art) festivals I was starting to participate in! And I had a schedule I had to keep to because my son had school to attend. And who knew how great a schedule could really be?!
The things that have helped me get through this crazy experience so far are inexpensive and easily accessible. At least, I hope so.
Aside from having my son with me, which gives me great peace of mind, I’d say that sunshine, creating art, gardening, and finding a purpose are the things that have helped me the most.
On sunny days, we go out in the backyard. We’ve been tossing a football around and kicking a soccer ball to each other. I also ordered a cornhole set online, so we’ve all been playing that too. We’ve also been playing with our dogs more. They love all the free time we have at home now! I’ll even go out in the yard by myself. I putter around my little garden. I set out birdseed on a little table and watch all the birds that come by to eat. My favorite are the cardinals. I found some bubbles I bought several years ago and have been blowing bubbles outside too. Simple joys!
As for finding a purpose… I created a project that incorporated art and messages of love and hope together. I enlisted the help of six other artists to be a part of it with me. I met them at the art reception/last event I did before the quarantine. Just a great group of ladies! And so talented!
I was inspired by a Pass The Brush Challenge another artist friend participated in. I wanted to figure out a way to do it that made sense for artists and I wanted to have a positive message behind it. I wanted people to be inspired by it and to feel hope and love when those things may be difficult to come by right now. People need to see that those things are still in the world.
It was a lot of hard work, but well worth the effort. It kept our minds busy and focused us all on something positive. It gave us much needed purpose and we all had fun! And we’ve now been featured on the Mansfield Commission for the Arts Facebook page, featured by Michael’s on their website, and featured by ArtNewsDFW on their Facebook, website, and newsletter!
Other artists and celebrities have shared videos of themselves reading children’s books or sonnets. Some have even done tutorials, sung, and shown themselves creating. So I decided to join in! I read “Ordinary Amos and the Amazing Fish” and have also done a couple of tutorials, which you can see on my Facebook.
I hope you can find beauty, love, hope, peace, and purpose during this extremely trying time and I hope that this little blog of mine has helped you in some way. Take care, be safe, and please remember to give love!
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