What are you calling what we’re doing nowadays days while thinking about all the things we can’t do? “Staying put?” “Hunkering down?” “Sheltering-in-place?” Whatever name you give it, with our lives are so upended, many of us don’t even know what day of the week it is anymore.

The result: too much screen time, couch potatoing, and stress eating, suggest these recent Gallup findings:

  • About exercising: 14% of respondents have “gotten better” vs. 38% who have “gotten worse.”
  • As for diet, 13% have made improvements, but 28% have “gotten worse.”

No wonder the “freshman fifteen” has morphed into the “quarantine 15.”

Meanwhile, some 40% of marijuana users say they’re turning to pot more than ever now, and, where legal, cannabis retailers are considered “essential.”  As for medical marijuana, a YouGov poll found that:

  • 62% of Democrat respondents say it should be considered essential.
  • 52% of Independent respondents say it should be considered essential.
  • 43% of Republican respondents say it should be considered essential

Says C. Vaile Wright of the American Psychological Association, “This is cannabis’s moment to find its purpose and its voice. It was the opportunity we never saw coming.”

Then there the countless “non-essentials” that make our worlds go around, such as these that have seen major e-commerce growth since last spring:

  • Baking mixes: Up 489%
  • Nail polish: Up 335%
  • Hair coloring: Up 310%
  • Pretzels: Up 201%
  • Vinegar: Up 192%

So, “essentially”…

  • “Try not to judge yourself by a standard set by someone else about how you should be spending time. It’s OK to not be OK right now and to just do your best to get through this truly unprecedented time.” ~ C. Vaile Wright, American Psychological Association
  •  “It’s a pandemic, so be kind to yourself. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you necessarily have more free time and have to do every home project and fulfill every life goal. Set reasonable expectations…” ~ Rusha Ali, USA Today
  • “We can also practice a little self-compassion at these times, recognizing that no one is perfect and not being too hard on ourselves for failing to accomplish something in the time we had originally planned, for example.” ~ Richard J. Davidson, neuroscientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  •  “So much of our lives depend upon others. We need others to help us get our food, to pick up the garbage, and, of course, to care for our health. Intentionally cultivating appreciation for these many people who are serving others in this challenging time can be enormously helpful in promoting your own well-being.” ~ Richard J. Davidson, neuroscientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Amen to that and Godspeed… ~ Carol