Covid-19 - Redirect Your Attention

Last Update: March 15, 2020

It's hard not to get caught up in the panic we see happening around the world with COVID-19. I told myself I wouldn't panic. That as long as I and the rest of my family were taking the proper precautions all would work out fine.

I've pretty much stayed off social media, specifically Facebook, for over a year now. But recently I've been looking around and found myself getting sucked into the panic. In one group I'm in, there was a rumor about Ireland going into Lockdown and everyone was panicking. I did a quick Google search and found that no such thing was happening.

Then I went grocery shopping. For the first time, I couldn't find a place to park. Certain foods were gone completely--toilet paper being one of them. But I managed to get enough food for a week. But I also found myself getting sucked into the panic. I was looking for rice and it was all gone. So I stockpiled some pasta. I don't need 4 packages of pasta! There are only 3 of us in my house! But there I was staring down the worst case scenario.

This disease has crept into all of our lives and is having an impact. My daughter's college is closed for the next two weeks. A few of my freelancer gigs have been postponed. There's a travel ban now between Ireland and the U.S. so if someone in my family is seriously ill, I can't get there. Everything in Ireland is essentially cancelled or closed.

But I'm not going to think about any of that. I've decided to "make hay while the sun shines" as they say here. It took me years to figure out what that meant! But I've now got some extra time on my hands and I plan to use it wisely.

Redirecting My Attention

I'm redirecting my focus to work on changing the theme on one of my sites. This is a big job that will require copy/pasting every single page and post into the new theme. I have been working on it bit by bit. The site is running on Divi and it's incredibly slow. But now I will have time to whip it into shape over the next two weeks.

I'm also going to do content research and write articles. There's tons of stuff for me to do around my online business and I'm actually really looking forward to it.

So if possible try not to hit the panic button.Take the necessary precautions as directed by your government and local officials. If you have to stay home, use your extra time wisely and try not to think about the range of possibillities that could happen. It's very distracting and it's not useful.

Stay healthy out there !

Alanna

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CarolMeador Premium
Great post, Alanna. I, too, find it difficult to resist the panic at times, but Taetske's post about the meditation to heal the planet and eradicate the virus gave me hope. Did you see her post? I'll send you the link if you're interested. I am excited about having something positive to occupy my time and thoughts in preparing to participate in this event. It is scheduled for 10:45PM EDT, but the link has a conversion for other time zones, I think. Stay well, and be safe, my friend. Carol
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emerald860 Premium
Hi Carol,

Thank you for your message. 3am would not be doable for me. I'm in Ireland. I'm just trying to stay busy and focus on all the things I've had on my to-do list that I never get to.

Stay safe out there!
Alanna
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CarolMeador Premium
I understand, Alanna. Just wanted to share the info. Take care and stay safe. Carol
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Calmkoala Premium
Hi Alanna, wise words! When the 'stockpiling toilet rolls' became a 'thing', I decided that was way beyond my understanding! So, have been doing as you suggest 'making hay while the sun shines' and working on my website and business.
Good luck, take care and make much hay during this time! Sue 😊
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emerald860 Premium
Hi Sue! Yes, it's hard not to get caught up in the hysteria when there's 24-hour news cycles constantly giving you updates. Today I'm enjoying some peace and quiet and ignoring news, my phone and facebook!

Just keep plugging away!

Alanna
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Fleeky Premium
So much useful things to do at home...
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CarolMeador Premium
So many things I haven't had time for until now....just gotta get myself motivated to do them!
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JonLake Premium
Absolutely spot on Alanna. The world does seem to be in meltdown. You are so right to take the time and use it positively. Keep safe and productive.
Jon
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emerald860 Premium
I'm of the "glass is half full" mentality so I don't want to squander my free time! :D
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Joes946 Premium
Just stay calm. This too shall pass.
Joe
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