As we come up on one year of basically being stuck at home, I wanted to share four ways I am personally coping for the sake of my mental health.
We all have our own situation. Small businesses closed, others working from home, online school, no eating out, can’t see friends and family and the list goes on. Just walking outside feels like a luxury at this point.
I have written before on the benefits of us all being at home, but what about me? How am I personally getting my mind through the day? What small things are bringing me happiness?
Oh and to avoid anyone saying, what about your wife and kids bringing you joy, that of course should go without even being said. They get me through the down days and I do the same in return.
This post is about me and my solo time activities that take my mind off of vaccine roll outs, shots in arms (or lack of), daily pressers, washing hands and worrying about an unknown future.
It truly is a full-on battle for proper mental health and whatever you can find to bring you even 10 minutes of “normal”, I say go for it.
Here are just 4 of the ways I am coping with being stuck at home.
With summer in full swing, so has the grilling of smoking of fine meats and veg. Common choices are chicken, burgers, ribs and hot dogs. But what about a classic cold weather dish on the Big Green Egg?
I am talking about meatloaf. A simple but tasty dish that everyone loves.
For most, meatloaf is one of those winter meals that falls under the category of comfort food. Well we all can use some comfort in the summer as well right? Cold beer, good friends and a giant helping of smoked meatloaf that just melts in your mouth.
What I like most about making meatloaf whether it is for the oven or smoker, is that is it easy to make and once it is cooking, there is nothing to do.
Yes, you read that right. I said Po-Taco Pie. No it’s not a poor version of a taco, it is a pie made with mashed potato as the crust and then filled with all the ingredients of a taco.. Someone referred to it as a Mexican Sheppard’s pie. Whatever works for you.
The name really doesn’t matter because in the end, it just tastes damn good.
We made it for Super Bowl Sunday as it fit with the style of food normally eaten. But really, it is an ideal dish for any day that you feel the need for comfort food.
Oh, we also had a side of guacamole with it. Yeah, that happened.
Don’t worry, that title may be a bit dramatic. I am still loving parental leave and every day there is something new. But, the weeks are starting to melt together with all the routine stuff just being well, routine.
I know soon enough Charlie will be doing a lot of new things and most likely I will be there to see it first.
The PL blues could also just be the weather as today was kind of overcast and blah until late in the afternoon.
Whatever it is, I am sure it will pass as summer is about to start. At the same time, I need to get back to thinking of new things to do and to stop settling for the same old, same old. Routines are great for the little ones, but they could also use an injection of new.
Tomorrow we have the car and Harry has asked to go on an adventure, so maybe that is the best way to kick of the new.
I was thinking to myself today, I have not been in an office for over two months. That is a hard thing to imagine since many of us spend most of their weeks at the office. I do hear stories from work and read about new projects on social media, but it is not the same as being there.