I have been through an emotional rollercoaster since the beginning of this pandemic. Aside from the daily anxiety of being pregnant during this time, I have also experienced career changes I never thought I would go through. I voluntarily stopped working on March 17th to reduce my risk of exposure to the virus, because as an optometrist I work within my patients’ personal space. I resumed work on April 6th for medical and urgent eye care needs with all the CDC approved personal protective equipment (PPE). Shortly thereafter, I received a call from my boss that my office will be closed for 3-8 weeks pending when my state decides to lift its stay at home order.
So here I am at home trying not to stress about things outside of my control. My goal is to focus my energy on taking care of myself, my family, and doing things that make me happy. I am achieving my goal in the following ways.
- Finding ways to de-stress. Doing whatever I have to do to take my mind off my current situation. My family and I go for walks when weather permits, watch TV shows and movies, cleaning and organizing my house and slowly preparing for the arrival of our new baby.
- Maintaining some of my routine prior to the pandemic. This is especially important because we have a very active 2 year old who likes to test our patience daily (doing everything he’s not supposed to do). It’s very easy for me to wear my pajamas all day, but every few days I make an effort to get dressed, do my hair, and apply make-up. I do this primarily because it makes me happy and it reminds me of getting ready for work. It also gives me the opportunity to take pictures for my blog and my husband loves it too.
- Appreciating all the things in my life that are going well. I am so thankful that all my family members are healthy, and my heart breaks for everyone affected by COVID-19.
- Keeping in mind that the current situation is only temporary. This one is hard to endure sometimes. It’s so hard not to dwell on our current situation but the best way I’ve dealt with it is to take it day by day.
- Finding ways to incorporate mindless fun into my day. My husband and I love to dance to various theme songs from my son’s favorite shows since we can’t get those stupid songs out of our heads. My son loves to watch videos of himself and watching him laugh out loud from watching his own videos really makes my husband and I happy.
This is what has worked for me so far. I hope you all find ways to get through these crazy times.
Thanks for reading!
Dress: Yumi Kim
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Purse: Mango (similar)