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Coping with Isolation

During difficult times, it can be hard to find the right words. For me, it is hard to want to write at all.

Here is what has been helping me cope.

1. Jellyfish

When I watch jellyfish on the live cam at the Baltimore Aquarium, I feel more relaxed. My son enjoys it, too, and it has become one of our morning rituals. Watching other animals at zoos doesn't work in the same way for me, but these jellyfish are keeping me going.

2. Books

It shouldn't be a surprise that I would mention books here because books are always my go-to. For the first few weeks of homeschooling/working from home/anxiety, I couldn't read at all. Thankfully, I was not worried because I always find my way back to reading. I am familiar enough with how I cope with stress and grief to know that I will cycle back to books eventually. It took me two weeks in this case to focus enough to read.

My recent favorites are The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Untamed by Glennon Doyle, and Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams.

3. Routine

I always knew I was a creature of routine, but isolation has solidified my need to still get dressed, brush my teeth, and go about my day with a certain element of structure. This is difficult now that everything has been turned upside down, but my family has settled into a certain rhythm.

Waking up early for 5 a.m. Writer's Club stalled for a few weeks, but I have gotten back into the routine. It makes a difference to me to drink coffee, enjoy my quiet time, and focus on writing before anyone else is wake. It helped me before the quarantine and it still helps me now.

Wherever you are and whatever you are currently enjoying, I hope that it fills your days with a bit of joy.

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