This photo has absolutely nothing to do with the following article. We're just talking about an unavoidably rough topic so I thought we could all go in with some eye-bleach.
Many of my friends and colleagues are now working from home due to the social distancing required to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Not only are they now working from home, they're also largely homebound. This has caused boredom, loneliness, and anxiety for many of them.
For me, this all feels like business as usual. This is something I've been living with for nearly a year already.
In short, my husband (and business partner) was diagnosed with a severe respiratory disease called mycobacterium avium complex (similar to tuberculosis) in April of 2019. He passed away due to related complications that November after being largely homebound for six months. I only left his side to get groceries and walk my dog. We ran TawnyVoice together and I was grateful to be able to work from home so I could take care of him.
Since he's passed away, I've been working longer hours. That means I still am not leaving the house much except to get groceries and walk my dog.
So many widows have been training for this moment.
Because I'm experienced in this arena, I'm going to give you 5 tips on how to survive the loneliness, boredom, and anxiety that come from social distancing and working from home!
But first... more eye-bleach. And also a fun fact: this isn't a baby platypus, it's actually a plushy.
Here are what actual baby platypus' (platypi? Grammarly isn't putting a red line under either version of my guesses at the plural form of platypus....) look like: