Social Distancing, Self-Quarantine and No Toilet Paper... Is this the New Normal??

A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, we could buy toilet paper and soap without applying for a bank loan or buying on the black market.  Ok, that was only a few weeks ago, and it was right here on earth, but it sure seems like another time and place. Let’s face it, the world is not winning at life right now.

Everyone you talk to, from six feet away, is trying to figure out the new normal. What is it, and how did we get here? We’re visiting our loved ones through closed windows or online. We're working from home and homeschooling our kids. We’re stocking up on food, and other essentials in anticipation of prolonged “shelter in place” scenarios. I thought for a minute that Jordan Peele was pulling the strings and we were in an episode of The Twilight Zone.

I don’t know about you, but all of this has made me say things I've never said before, entertain thoughts that have never even crossed my radar, and question everything.

*Do you think the package stores (or liquor stores for those of you not from CT) offer delivery?

*How much is too much hand sanitizer?

*Netflix should have a shuffle option

*How long can you wear the same pajama pants?

*If we limit ourselves to just a few squares per “trip” we may have enough toilet paper

*You can make a drinking game out of watching the news if you have a sip every time someone says “pandemic”.

So, how do we adapt to the new normal?  How do we survive self-quarantine and social distancing?

*Have happy hour in your living room with a glass of wine and 6 of your best girlfriends on group facetime. Just seeing their faces will lift your spirits, guaranteed!

*Call, text, facetime, skype your loved ones daily. Keep in touch.

*Try new recipes. Eat new foods. Get takeout from a local restaurant that needs your support.

*Set up a home office that makes you happy. Move furniture, sit by a window, listen to music. Make your space beautiful.

*Have date night at home. Get dressed up, cook a nice meal or order dinner to go.

*Turn off your phones, laptops, tablets. Play games, tell stories, sit and talk to the people you love.

*Check to see if your favorite gym, yoga or dance studio is offering online classes. Many are free.

And remember, this too shall pass. Use this time to practice kindness, compassion and patience. If you can help, help. If you need help, ask. Be nice to your fellow humans. We’re all doing the best we can. Turn off the news, wash your hands, and, if you have extra toilet paper, you win.

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