I was never a stay at home mom. I admired my friends who took joy in staying home full-time with their kiddos. I love my kids more than my heart can express, but the thought of spending everyday cooped up in the house with them left me thinking I’d need a straight jacket. For me, a part-time job was the perfect way to combat isolation.
It was recently announced that the university I teach at will remain in remote and online work at least until the end of May. My heart sunk. When social distancing began, I thought, “I can do this for a couple weeks.” The thought of doing this for over two months or longer is overwhelming, isolating, and anxiety producing. I instantly wanted more space from my husband and son. We are ready for some space from each other after a week of vacation:0) This will be challenging.
This version of Matthew 5 reminds me what to hold onto.
3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. 4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. 5 “You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. (Matthew 5:3-5 MSG).
This encourages me to hold onto what God also holds dear, relationship. This can be done in a virtual world. No, it is not the same, but it is doable. I can combat this isolation.
- Have a virtual lunch date. Use the video with it! Perfect hair and makeup not required. (Order takeout or delivery to support local restaurants too).
- Keep virtual dates-attend church/small group via live stream regularly. It does give a sense of connection even with the distance.
- Get outside. If you have neighbors have a chat at a distance. Go for a walk. Even sitting outside will boost your spirit.
- Make an old fashioned phone call. Call someone who lives alone or is isolated due to COVID-19.
- Laugh/play-it really is the best medicine and should happen more than once a day.
- Exercise. There are lots of great streaming options available.
- Offer grace to those you love when we get cranky. Allow yourself to grieve these changes and find a new norm.
What would you add to the list to combat isolation? Make your own list, share it here and breathe life and bring hope to others.