The Pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health and we may be struggling. It has been proven and there are so many statistics that say it is. Isolation is not in our human nature- so it only makes sense that many of us are feeling blue, depressed, worthless, bored, uneasy, worried, stressed, filled with anxiety, and so much more! This is okay.
When the pandemic started affecting our lives in March, we both had full time jobs. I was actually on the verge of leaving my job for a new one so I almost felt like, “things happen for a reason.” We were also going to move closer to family so it all sort of worked out. However, my new job was 1/2 working from home and 1/2 in person.
I am not one to be able to sit around and do nothing. It is in my personality and nature to take on leadership roles and take on new projects. When the news started saying that we would have to wear masks in order to go out in public, I literally grabbed Ernie’s black shirt and tore it apart. I also grabbed the sewing kit that my grandma gave me (that I had never used) and turned on some youtube videos. It took me about 2.5 hours to make one mask, but I felt accomplished and this calmed my anxiety.
I quickly got a small sewing machine from Amazon (one of the last ones available) and when it came, I got to work. Being able to provide for myself and my family made me happy. Learning how to sew masks (or sew at all) became a cool niche and hobby. Suddenly, I realized that not many people have the patience or ability to sew anymore so this would be a cool talent to have.
Of course, I had to involve Scarlett. She goes with us everywhere (not kidding) and I loved being able to match with her! She absolutely hated things around her neck but she was used to her collar, so instead of tied bandanas, I went with Over the Collar Bandanas. So far, so good- my little business has taken off through Instagram and a little bit through Easy and I am content.
As teachers, the summer is usually open so this worked out pretty well! Since then, I got a full time job at an amazing school and Ernie was able to return to work, but with out coaching- he comes home SO early, (this is amazing- bitter sweet because I know he’ll start his passion of coaching soon again) so we were both home early every day, house cleaned and orderly (Scarlett is in heaven), but also at times- boriinngg! Lol, we love each other and we adore time spent together, but come on- everyone needs an outlet, that is only healthy. So he resorts to video games and when sewing started slowing down for me, hot cocoa bombs started becoming a huge hit!
Thanks to my cousin, I got the amazing idea to learn how to make Hot Cocoa Bombs. I watched videos, ordered items on amazon & bought some chocolate chips! I GOT BUSY! I learned the art of chocolate melting, molding, and decorating and soon enough people started asking if they could buy them from me… I mean yeah! Why not!? HaaHaaaaaaaa…. because you’re going to be super busy & stressed, Sandra!! (but that’s okay)
Not doing anything works for some people. I wish I could- honestly! But it is an easy and dangerous beginning to a deep dark hole that I will slip in to. I can watch T.V. and chill on the couch for a little bit, but then I start eating, and getting lazy, and thinking of all the things I’d love to do or have in life… and no one needs that kind of negativity. Research shows that people who have hobbies or activities to do, will make them less likely to feel depressed, get anxiety, and it will make them happier.
Listen, I’m not telling you to start taking orders and selling cakes or even taking on a second job… but finding something you are interested in is super important. I don’t love sewing, nor do I love working with chocolate. I do however, love being able to ‘help’ people, I do feel accomplished at the end of the day, and I do know that my mental health is thriving by doing these things.
There is something out there for everyone, get on pinterest and start your search!
I believe in you and you should too!
Small list of possibilities: Photography, yoga, dancing, sewing, shooting, reading, writing, traveling, playing an instrument, learning a language, baking, gardening, cooking, painting, drawing, sculpting, embroidery, hiking, running, wood-work, party planning, self defense, making cocktails, diy decor… diy anything!