I am a routine person true and true… I do not handle abrupt change well so needless to say this last few weeks have been extremely hard. I went into the week with everything planned and scheduled, by Friday everything was chaos. No routine, no schedule, just a lot of unknowns.
Let’s start with my career, I work in hotel sales. Thursday, March 12th, is when it all started to unravel for us… We were going into back to back sold out weekends and then the coronavirus began to hit. In a matter of hours, it seemed like the world had changed…Hundreds of hotel cancellations had came thru, concerts cancelled, the NHL postponed… St Patrick’s Day activities were all put on hold. What started out as a typical Thursday had ended as one I will never forget. It just escalated the next week with having to furlough most of our employees. I still feel at times I’m just living in a dream…
That just transpired into my home life with sports cancellations, play dates postponed, stores closing, and then the announcement of online learning would begin. So many abrupt schedule changes… and before that Thursday my biggest worry was having to get one kid to cheer and one to soccer at the same time..
Fast forward a few days.. The kids have now started distance learning and I’m working from home. So much to process with changing schedules and all activities coming to a complete halt. It was complete overload. I have a hard time making an instant transition when it’s not pre-planned.
So here we are the first day in and I’m just a mess… I’m a creature of habit. I get up at 5:20 each day go to the gym before work, come back and get ready… here I am with all gyms closed. I scrolled thru you tube for workout videos and there is about a million to choose from…which gives anyone a migraine.
So instead I skipped working out for today, stayed in my pjs, ate chips while I worked from the couch. By 4 pm, felt defeated and so overwhelmed with all the changes. I was crabby at my kids all day and yelled at them numerous times for the smallest things. It finally got to a point where my daughter said, “ why are you so crabby” nothing seemed to feel normal or in order.
I think it was a lot of the abrupt changes and disruption to my normal schedule. I decided that night that I needed to get back on track. No one knew how long we would all be together and I would not survive without sticking to some sort of routine.
The most important thing for me was still getting up and exercising. So starting the next day, I would be up by 6:30 and go for a 3 mile walk or run. It felt like an accomplishment and some what normal. I also added in another short walk at the end of the day. I then get ready for the day and listen to a podcast, the same as if I was driving into the office.
The distance learning is still a challenge for me and will take some time to get into more of a groove. I try and stick to the school schedule but with working from home and many interruptions it doesn’t go as planned. Honestly, if it says optional we skip it. I have enough going in life right now without trying to be the overachiever teacher.
I’m learning just do small things through out the day that keep it as normal as possible. Exercising, organizing, making a to do list, are all things that have kept me in as much as a normal routine as possible.
I don’t make my kids do every activity that is sent out by their teachers… we do the best we can and we get through it. We take it day by day…