The search results on Google for “social distancing and anxiety” show 105 Million articles, as of today. Maybe that’s not so many, considering the adult and young adult portions of the 7.5 billion members of humanity.
New routines are in order, while there are benefits in keeping up some old ones. If you’re working from home, you might want to:
- Keep the same hours – or other regular hours
- Get up and get dressed every day – or not
- Surely you must arrange boundaries with other household members for your space and time
- Take your same work breaks
- Walk the dog as usual
- Exercise in your yard and the fresh air – if you have one
Dancers have world class teachers and fellow company members teaching on line classes. This goes the same for musicians and visual artists and writers.
Home schooling children? That is an activity I once did during a short time, but am not involved with now. What a challenge.
This following poem was written a long time ago. It shows a youthful imagination, a strong connection with someone, and a youthful delusion of even a possibility of control over life. What is realistic in this poem, is the anxiety of the physical distance, the lack of immediate access to another.
One Quarter World
Gazing at the morning star
Venus rising and fading in the sun
Dawn exploding, I boarded a light ray
And crossed the world to greet you
You’d been up late too, and in your town
Church bells interrupting your sleep,
Venus disappeared in the bright morning
Of your green country and I realized
Why this star was named for love
You have to be up in the night to see her
She slips away with sunrise
All humanity’s love exploding into days of war
Men one day will shoot off into space
In their desperation to ravage her
In misery grasping for goddesses our race dies
How can I avert this with you
One quarter world away?