Hunkering Down at Home: A New Perspective

  • Posted on: 27 March 2020
  • By: Tori
Hunkering Down at Home: A New Perspective

Hunkering Down at Home: A New Perspective

The phrase “home sweet home” has endured for a reason: there is really nothing like being in a place that’s warm, welcoming and truly your own. But now with the advent of the coronavirus, staying home for the greater part of our days has become the new normal…at least for the time being. Because in spite of the fear and panic that seems to come in waves (and apparently manifests as massive hoarding of toilet-related products) we humans have a history of not only surviving pandemics, but somehow coming out of them better and stronger. And that’s what Victoria, myself and our team at C&C are choosing to focus on: supporting one another in the midst of the crisis, while looking forward to an even brighter future for all of us. 

So…how to balance an optimistic outlook with the need for caution? I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers. But here are just a few ideas and observations that have helped the James household stay relatively sane during these trying times.

Sequestering vs. Staycation – When you’re used to being out and about freely, being told to stay inside can feel confining, to say the least. But this is where a bit of perspective can go a long way. How many times have you wished for more time at home with your kids or pets? Well, now you’ve got it. So, if you’re working remote these days, it’s a fantastic opportunity to give extra attention to those you love. Our pups Purdey and Pippa have taken full advantage of their parents being around a bit more often. And while this often results in repeated interruptions due to an emergency need to chase a rabbit that has dared cross into our yard or fend off imminent starvation by demanding a snack, we are still grateful to have these extra moments with our four-legged family members. 

Love Your Locals – Sadly, small businesses are being hit hard by the pandemic…particularly restaurants. While most all establishments aren’t allowing patrons to eat inside the premises, many are offering takeout or the option to order food and enjoy it outside on the patio. If you are able, take a meal or two at one of your local favourite eateries. And please consider a generous tip. Some employees are working on a volunteer basis in hopes of keeping their restaurants open, and gratuities may be the most significant source of income they have at the moment. 

Sensible Safety – A quick online search can bring up a plethora of “stay safe” health tips. So, rather than reiterating the need for sanitizing and social distancing, I’m going to mention the main thing that I believe (along with the suggested CDC protocols) can help to support our individual and collective wellness: stress management. It’s no secret that pressure aggravates any existing conditions and can possibly create new issues to contend with. So, finding your own ways to alleviate it is – in my book – the best thing you can do to help ensure your wellness. If you already exercise, keep it up. Endorphins lift your mood and support your immune system. And don’t underestimate the value of a good laugh, especially during these uncertain times. The world-renowned Mayo Clinic is even promoting the short and long-term health benefits of making humour a part of your daily life

It may be hard to fathom with the media reporting doom and danger literally every few minutes, but we will get through this and be all the stronger for it. In the meantime, please know that the entire C&C team is holding good thoughts for you and yours, and standing ready, willing and able to help.