The New Normal. That’s what we’re calling what’s happening right now.
It started March 11, the last day of school in our district. It became “real” March 31, the first day the stay-at-home order was in effect in our state.
Everyone talks about the new normal. We know what it means: the way we’re living during the pandemic with churches, schools, libraries, restaurants, and parks closed. With people wearing masks and plastic gloves to the grocery store. With people having virtual visits with their doctors. With people working from home and having staff meetings on Zoom.
What’s your new normal look like?
For me, it’s been about finding balance. I can’t lean too far to the left or to the right or the boat will flip over. I gotta keep it in the center.
At our house, our attempts at finding balance during the new normal have looked like this:
1. We try to keep our lives and our schedule as close to what they used to be as possible.
2. We try to embrace the changes we’ve experienced – things being added to and taken from our lives.
You could try to keep your life and schedule as close to the same by…
- waking up in the morning around the same time you used to; going to bed at night around the same time.
- washing your face every morning and every afternoon; taking a shower every day.
- eating like you normally eat; don’t go crazy with a lot of junk food and sweets.
- having meals at normal times.
- emphasizing more time playing outside, building with LEGO (my kids love LEGO), drawing, reading, or writing, and less time on screens or social media.
You could embrace new things and changes by…
- taking a walk, riding bikes, playing a board or card game, or watching movies together everyday (hey, we have a lot more free time now, right?)
- eating a picnic lunch outside.
- wearing pajamas all day.
- tackling that home improvement project you’ve been putting off.
Like many people, I’ve chosen to keep some parts of my old, daily routine the same in the new normal even though I don’t have to do so. I change out of my pajamas and wash my face in the morning and at night. Continuing to do these things makes me feel better.
I have a friend who puts on her make-up every day although she isn’t leaving the house for work anymore.
Some people still drive to Starbucks for their morning coffee even though they no longer have a commute to work.
A few friends still wake up at their regular time for Bible study or their morning job even though they could do it later in the day since they’re currently at home with their children.
Honestly, the new normal isn’t like the life we were used to. Lots of plans have changed. We can’t do a lot of things we used to be able to do. But I think we can figure our how to keep our wits about us and push through until this thing is over. And I have faith that it will be over.