ECQ Diaries: Give Yourself a Break

Day #45 of the Extended Community Quarantine and I know it’s been hard for everybody. We may have different family dynamics – some dads cook, do the laundry, are the designated tributes to do the groceries – but, this post is for the moms who are working doubly hard now that everybody’s staying home.

If you’re like me who likes to plan, I can just imagine the thought bubbles in your head. I understand and won’t judge your need to have separate spreadsheets of meal plans, grocery list, savings and expenses because I’m like that. I need to see in writing what needs to be done, what’s missing from our supplies, how much money I have left.

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Covid-19 and Lockdowns

How is everybody doing ? Here in the Philippines, the President declared an Enhanced Community Quarantine and we are now on the fourth week. It is supposed to end on April 12th but we are yet to know if it will be lifted or extended.

As of 4pm today, here is the latest bulletin from the DOH:

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Taken from the DOH Official Facebook page here

How has our life changed so far?

  • My husband and I are both working from home now. What seemed to be impossible for me is now made possible because of the ECQ.
  • It’s scary to go outside. Everything is being delivered to us: groceries, meat and poultry, vegetables and fruits and rice. God bless the delivery guys and market suppliers who made it possible for us to stay home yet keep our pantries full with supplies.
  • We’re eating healthier now: no fast food and a vegetable dish in every meal became a staple.
  • I realized that we can survive not going to the malls on weekends.
  • I started container planting. Imagine that! I planted Pechay, Okra, Onion, Garlic and Ginger. Hopefully, these will live beyond the ECQ.
  • Money is immaterial in a world of Covid-19. China, Italy and the US are the top countries with infected cases yet they struggled to control the virus. Well-known people have succumbed to the complications of the disease and their money didn’t help them survive.
  • Staying healthy is literally in our hands. We’ve been washing our hands so many times each day.
  • Gas prices are at their lowest yet they’re of no use because people are staying home and not travelling.
  • Artists are holding online concerts for free! Classes are also free online: art classes, yoga, music classes, TESDA classes.
  • I keep the kids busy with worksheets, color by numbers, physical exercises and scavenger hunts.
  • A good internet connections is a blessing. We are able to work from home and get paid.
  • It’s unknown if school will start by June as scheduled. I am honestly hoping they move it to August.
  • Continuity of work is uncertain.

There is so much to be anxious about and I pray every night that Covid-19 will soon be gone so our lives will return to normal. But, what if this is our new normal now?

Praying for everyone’s health and safety. Please stay home, wash your hands and stay healthy.