How to Stay or Work at Home During the Corona Pandemic Without Going Insane.

So, it's weird out there guys. This escalated quicklyyyyy.

I went to work on Monday, business as usual- by Friday schools across my state (Michigan) were shut down for a MONTH. A MONTH. Okay, so yeah I'm used to summer vacation- but even then I struggle wit anxiety because my number one anxiety remedy is to keep as busy as possible. I'm surprisingly calm during real life emergencies- it's the random stuff in my head that makes me anxious. However, I can't say I haven't had a few panic attacks over the past 2 days due to my number one trigger CHANGE.

I'm sure lots of you are struggling with extra anxiety on top of everything else during this let's face it- kinda scary time. I know that my anxiety is totally triggered by sudden change, over stimulation and the "unknown". I need something to do to feel in control- and since I' not about to go out and panic buy toilet paper like most of the planet, here's my plan.

Weekends will still be weekends. I hate how during summer vacation or holidays your days start to blend and blur together. My goal is to stick to a schedule during the week so that weekends are still a fun break! Here is a quick look at my plan:

6:00 Wake up - I'm an early bird, so this works for me. It also happens to be the time Miss Sawyer decides to wake up .

6-6:30- COFFEE , News and cuddles. - I get super overstimulated by the news. I get sucked in. I get obsessed. However, drinking coffee, cuddling Sawyer, and watching the news is my normal morning routine. I'm going to stick with a half hour of news and cut it off there so I don't become anxious.

6:30-7:00 breakfast

7:00-8:00- Prep things to my students and then... Morning Exercise! Yoga, an exercise video, the elliptical... WHATEVER as long as I move for an hour. Exercise decreases anxiety. It's science guys.

8:00-9:00- Clean something. Anything. Organize. WHATEVER, just pick up. You know houses get when you are stuck inside. Especially when you have a child and there are toys and bottles scattered everywhere. .Just looking an an organized space will help you to feel calm.

9:00-10:00- Morning walk. Scientists and medical professionals are saying it's healthy to get outside right now! You aren't prone to getting a virus by running with your stroller or walking around a nice park. You NEED to get outside and get some exercise and some of that vitamin D. It's good for your mental health and it will help you feel less trapped at home.

11:00-12:00- Read! I personally stocked up on new books (Thanks Amazon) as soon as I heard that school would be closed. I will be providing students with materials from home, but I will also have a TON of extra time on my hands to read. I'm choosing to see this as a positive. I've had a few I've been wanting to read for so long!

12:00-1:00 Lunch, play, and nap time! (hopefully for Mama too).

1:00-3:00- Play and snack. I didn't get a long maternity leave ( 5 weeks) so another positive I'm choosing to focus on is spending time with my daughter!

3:00- 4:30- Lesson Planning for the next day when needed.

4:30-5:30- Blog work. I'm actually going to have time to focus on this blog!

5:30-6:30- Dinner and family time. We stocked up on dinners we actually have to dare I say it COOK, since we won't be out and about as much. Maybe I'll learn how to whip up a few things. ( My husband is the cook in our family). If it's nice out we will totally take an afternoon walk or park trip.

6:30-7:30- Sawyer bedtime routine. Bath, music, play, and sleep.

7:30-8:00- Meditation. yoga

8:00:8:30 self-care! Bath, wine, nails, ANYTHING that's just for me.

8:30 on- Husband time. I guess we can catch up on those TV series we have been wanting to watch. Any recommendations would be amazing!

This is just an example of what I'm doing to feel a bit in control during this crazy time. You can obviously change it to fit your lifestyle. I'm usually a more go-with-the-flow kinda girl, but I really need a schedule to keep my anxiety at bay. I risk getting depressed and lost if I don't.

We are in this thing together friends! Stay calm, stay safe, and self-care. Reach out if you need me. Remember this isn't just a blog, it's a community!

- Nicole

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