The world is sharing a common enemy – COVID-19. In Maryland, as in other states, we have been told to stay put and to only go out for the essentials, such as food and medications. This has us feeling off kilter and, in some cases, alone.

Do something that will keep your mind occupied on something other than the news.

  • Read a book that has been sitting on your end table forever. Today is the day to crack it open.
  • Take out that cookbook and be creative. Go online to find thousands of recipes for everyone’s taste.
  • Drag out that guitar that’s been sitting in the closet.
  • Keep a journal for future generations.
  • Take a walk with your pet.
  • Use that camera you got as a gift to take pictures of your neighborhood. Those photos can be used later to make a calendar or gift for someone.
  • Watch shows that are entertaining, educational and funny. Laughter is a great stress relief!
  • Gardening is great this time of year. Now is a great time to get the flower beds ready for planting.

This could be an adjustment for those who are working from home for the first time. Heed advice from professionals that will help you remain productive.

  • Establish a daily routine. If you shower every morning, do so now.
  • Wear jewelry and makeup if it makes you feel better.
  • Get out of your pajamas and dress for work.
  • Clock in, check your emails and follow your daily work routine as much as possible.
  • Take a break throughout the day. You can still interact with your co-workers via text, email or a phone call. This interaction is important as it's always been a part of your daily work life.
  • Seek out an app that features meditation and calming sounds to use when you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed. 
  • Stretch throughout the day to keep your blood flowing.
  • Breathe deeply and concentrate on what makes you happy.

What we do today will help us in the future.

Keep washing your hands, stay inside and observe social distancing.