Now more than ever I need to focus on my health. It’s not easy for someone who is a “stress eater” and likes to self-medicate and pamper myself with unhealthy food and binging. It’s usually times like these that I give up and it’s a “free for all” in terms of eating.
I have some challenges and events that are testing me. Here is my rundown:
I have been working weekends to help our property company do an “abandoned inventory sale” due to a retail tenant that decided to give up on their business and walk away. This left our company with a broken contract and several months of lost rent.
While working I received a call that my brother-in-law suddenly and unexpectedly passed. He was to celebrate turning sixty in just a couple of months. It has been completely devastating to my entire family. We cannot even grieve “normally” and with others during the restrictions surrounding the pandemic.
My job as operations director for the property company also includes a restaurant. The restaurant is struggling with only doing take-out and I had to take myself off getting a paycheck. I have filed for unemployment.
I am also caring for my elderly parents. My mother who is 82, has dementia. My father who is 87 and caring for my mother has proclaimed he is ready to die. Seeing his wife deteriorate and having to listen to her childlike repetitive dialog has left him weary and depressed. It is heartbreaking to watch a woman who was brilliant walk into a room with a cup a detergent ready to consume, and a man who could run circles around men half his age decide he is done living.
So, yes, I’m a little stressed. I keep reading Facebook posts of people taking walks in their neighborhood and having lovely conversations from across yards. They are reporting how they are making the most of the situation. The was another post from a woman who showed her large box of toilet paper stock with her son perched on top with the message “make me an offer”. It was meant to make light of the situation but it is difficult to laugh when you see posts of the elderly standing before empty shelves.
They say to “meet people where they are” and I get that. We are all experiencing this emergency coming from different places. Some panic, some use humor, some try to look at every situation with a positive spin. I am trying to catch up with that spin. More importantly, I am trying to stay physically healthy so my body can stay strong for the emotional impact. My mind is currently in the state of being “unwell”.
To keep my health, I made sure I had my go-to items such as protein bars, dried fruit, and yogurt. I have lots of water and I continue to take one tablespoon of Fire Cider every day as well as a vitamin. The gyms are closed so I pulled out my Jane Fonda workout video from the 1980s. It still is a great full body workout with cardio. I started journaling, catching up on my reading and my dining room is filled with craft projects. There is so many things I can’t control so I will focus on those I can. It starts with taking care of me physically and mentally.
My sincere well wishes to everyone around the globe to make it through this emergency. However you may be impacted, please do the best you can to make it through to enjoy the glorious celebration yet to come when it has passed. God Bless.