I’m under a shelter-in-place order, as are you. Even before the order, I had started limiting outings and interactions because I’m in a high-risk group. I’m 76, and although I’m usually a powerhouse of energy, I do manage chronic asthma. Twice in the past 5 years, simple respiratory illnesses developed into pneumonia, one requiring hospitalization. To make life even more stressful, when news of the virus began, I was recovering from injuries after a fall that put me on crutches and a knee scooter for a month.
I’m sure many of you have similar stories.
I Know We’re All Stressed, Maybe This Will Help. I’m used to working from home, so isolation isn’t a huge change for me. If you’re new to this and can’t figure out what how to fill your time and reduce your stress, here are some tips that I hope you’ll find helpful:
- Choose one thing you’ve wished for time to do, something that would bring you a sense of pleasure and satisfaction. Maybe it’s as simple as making time to read a novel, or as complex as writing your memoir. Make this something that will bring you joy to do.
- Choose one important task that needs to be done that you can do at home. You know, a chore on that to-do list that’s been hanging over you for weeks, months, years? You might not enjoy doing it, but you will enjoy having done it.
- Learn something new. What can you learn from a book, a YouTube video, or a Senior Planet online class that will expand your mind and give you a different outlook, maybe even a new skill? Learn to use Zoom so you can explore online book clubs and other online discussion groups.
- Build exercise into your day, every day, even if it’s power walking your house to the beat of a favorite song. Exercise is important for our physical and mental health. It’s a natural anti-depressant. For 300 ideas (yep,I counted them) for exercising wherever you are, get my 2003 book, The Anytime, Anywhere Exercise Book: 300+ quick and easy exercises you can do whenever you want!
- Reach out to loved ones. No, we can’t visit and hug, but we can interact via phone, Skype, Zoom, Facetime. Make a plan to contact at least one special person each day. Ask for what you need emotionally. Use the time to get closer to people in the wonderful technological ways available to us, rather than feeling distanced and isolated.
Divide your time among these five. Brag when something’s done! You’ll feel better and less isolated if you’re intentionally doing something enjoyable or important or both, rather than just passing time.
Here’s the main point: We know at our age that every hour we have matters. We can make this time meaningful. It’s our best gift to ourselves.
“But Joan, what about sex?” you’re asking, because you know I usually write about senior sex. OK, let’s add sex:
- Give yourself an orgasm at your tingle time.
- Try something new during solo sex or partnered sex.
- Order a new sex toy or lubricant. Please scroll down the right-hand side of my blog for retailers who support my senior sex educational mission. Let’s support them, too, especially now.
- Learn something new about sex and aging. My Senior Planet Sex at Our Age Q&A column is a fine start. Consider my books, film, and webinars, too. As long as the post offices remain open, I can ship your book and film orders (U.S. only), and my webinars are digital, so you can view them whatever your location or situation.
I am a 65 year old single Broadcast Maintenance Engineer in the sports television industry, and I plan to work several more years before I retire because I love my job and my coworkers. I have no children, no family in the region where I live, and I have lived alone for the past two years since my wife passed away. I have learned to be content with my single lifestyle.
When my employer sent us home in mid March, I decided to make the time off count. I kept my same work hours and days as if I were going to my workplace. During those days, I completed all of the home improvement projects for the summer. I am an avid mountain biker, and I also did eight weeks of spring training for bike season. On the days that I would have been off from work, I did fun things like cooking, listening to music, and other things that I enjoy. When I returned to my workplace, I was in better shape physically and emotionally that I was in March.
I recently stumbled onto Senior Planet, and I will probably visit this site in the future.
Your organization sounds interesting. Even tho can not go out at this time wish u had a location in Henderson, Nv. Thanks Suzie Wat
We are running dozens of online events every week, so you can now get the full Senior Planet experience online! Click below to see our upcoming courses:
Hope to see you at one of our events!
Fantastic! You’ve just saved me 3 years of therapy, just working on these
very “issues “, that I now see, aren’t really issues in the first place.
I can’t even express to you the kind of relief I feel that my thoughts, desires,
and reactions are NORMAL!
MY LADY AND I ARE ARE 30 MILES APART. WE ARE 76 rs . WE HAVE INTRODUCED PHONE SEX TO OUR LIVES. … W O W !! OUR DAYS PASS QUICKLY WITH HEATED ANTICI PATION OF EVENING’S . WE LIVE ALONE IN OUR OWN HOMES. EVERY DAY IS LIKE A ‘GOLDEN SUNRISE’ WE CALL IT ‘ N A P ‘ TIME. ( New Age Participation )