Making the Most of Hunkering Down
Adapting to the new normal can be difficult, but here are some great ideas to keep you preoccupied at home while waiting out the pandemic.
As a thriving baby boomer, or “throomer” (throomers.com), we may feel like we are 35 years old, but it’s critical to pay close attention to updates on the Coronavirus and keep our distance from others. But, while we are on the sidelines, we should continue to remain positive and make our lives a bit more constructive. I have some ideas.
First and foremost, we need to focus on wellness. We recognize that it’s best to stay at home, remain cautious, and accept this predicament, not putting ourselves or others at risk. However, we cannot just sit around our homes and become couch potatoes!
We must focus on our mental and physical health and reach out to help those who are struggling to keep up. We have to avoid going to gyms, which is disappointing — I feel bad for those whose livelihood depends on people like us working out — but we need to recognize our priorities and take those steps that will allow all of us to put this virus behind us.
That doesn’t mean that we should lay around and watch TV all day! Go for a walk, ride your bike, if you have workout equipment, dust it off, and see if it still works. If you prefer to work out with others or need instruction, visit YouTube, or check out the websites of local gyms to find opportunities. Eat healthy foods, minimize the alcohol intake, take a nap, and remain in touch with loved ones.
Second, let’s tackle the subject that is bothering every single one of us — finances. I, for one, am doing my best to avoid focusing on my diminishing net worth. Here’s a quote that was distributed by a friend and former colleague of mine, Russell Norwood, the CEO and Founder of Venturi Private Wealth of Austin, Texas. The author was Benjamin Graham, an investor, economist, and professor known as the “father of value investing.”
“The investor who permits himself to be stampeded or unduly worried by unjustified market declines in his holdings is perversely transforming his basic advantage into a basic disadvantage,” warned Graham. He “would be better off if his stocks had no market quotation at all, for he would then be spared the mental anguish caused him by other persons’ mistakes of judgment.”
I hope that Mr. Graham’s sage comments give you some solace as we recognize and address today’s situation and move forward. Remember, everything is going to be OK!
Third, keep busy. Re-discover or discover some of your favorite TV shows and movies. I am almost finished with Homeland and will likely be turning my attention to other classics like The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, and Breaking Bad, to name a few. Read a book or two or revisit your favorite vacation photos. Try traveling virtually on the Internet by visiting the websites of some of the best museums in the world. Start a new hobby or resurrect an old one, perhaps jigsaw puzzles, sewing, knitting, painting, or coloring. Try reducing your clutter by organizing your closets and drawers. How about addressing those home projects you’ve been avoiding forever or just call a friend or relative you haven’t spoken with for a while. Stay safe but keep busy!
Fourth, think of others. Do you know anybody who lives alone? Anyone who is not feeling very well who others are avoiding like they have the plague? By no means am I suggesting that you reach out and physically touch someone, but a phone call, perhaps picking up some groceries and leaving them by the front door.
Most of all, stay positive. Visit us at throomers.com, where we celebrate positivity, inspiration, and philanthropy. You will be unable to find any “bad news” and will learn about extraordinary people who inspire us to better ourselves and find countless ways to improve every lifestyle.
We will get through this together, and we will learn lessons that will benefit future generations. We will be reminded of our mothers telling us as we were growing up — wash your hands, stop being so lazy, slow down, think about others. Perhaps we will learn there is a smarter, more effective way to work; that working in an office, spending hours commuting is not the best alternative. Re-connecting with family, neighbors, and others will open new doors, new opportunities. It’s a tough way to learn a lesson, but perhaps some of us forgot what is truly important in our lives.
Remember, we live in the greatest country in the history of the world. And, we will look back and recognize that, despite an occasional hiccup or two, we are among the most fortunate people on the planet!