Staying sane during a pandemic can be a doozy.  Keeping your family grounded is another story. Here are some things that are helping me deal with quarantining and lock downs.

Don’t know about you, but I’ve been juggling being a mother, homeschooling, being a wife, self-publishing my first novel, doing housework, writing a second novel, keeping up with coronavirus awareness, marketing the first novel, social distancing while shopping, dealing with hurricane season, and getting used to wearing a mask every time I leave the house.

For those of us who thought quarantining would be a short, relaxing vacation at home, it has turned out to be just the opposite.

Here are my secrets to staying sane:

  1. Plan ahead, yet allow room for disappointment. What I can’t do today, I can do tomorrow. I’m going to be home anyway;
  2. Tackle projects one at a time. Then, I step back to enjoy what I’ve accomplished;
  3. Be spontaneous. It’s okay if I drop everything to go out for a walk outside with my daughter or to go for a drive or to the beach as a family;
  4. Enjoy nature. I spend more time in the garden–pruning, raking, watering;
  5. Try new recipes. Before the coronavirus, my meal plan didn’t change much. Cooking felt like a vicious cycle. Now, I’m cooking and baking new dishes. My family is loving it!
  6. Focus on positive things and relationships. Reading spiritually uplifting material and keeping in touch with people I love inspire me;
  7. Help others. When I go shopping, I shop for others as well. Helping others is a way I also help myself;
  8. Keep things organized as much as possible. Less mess means less time needed to clean up; and
  9. Have fun! Playing games as a family can be so refreshing. As a bonus, you’ll see who in the family are sore losers.
  10. Curl up with a good book. Travel to faraway places and meet interesting people through reading. Put on your sunglasses and take a vacation to the Caribbean through my debut novel, Trade Winds of the Heart, for an entertaining read.

Let’s face it, tomorrow will be more of the same. What’s your secret to staying sane?

Please share in the comments.

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Born on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Krystina Powells presently enjoys the tropics with her husband and daughter. She is a skilled builder of anything out of cardboard and an expert at playing hide-and-seek to entertain a very energetic four-year-old. When Krystina isn't “loving” homeschooling during COVID-19, you'll find her juggling between being a mother, a wife, a small business owner, a blogger, and an author of novels based in the Caribbean. When she felt the pull to tell romantic stories set in the Caribbean, Krystina decided to honor the legacy of her maternal grandmother and paternal great-grandmother and the storytellers in her family by adopting the pen name Krystina Powells. Although history, storytelling, and writing are a few of Krystina’s passions, it is her time with family that she treasures the most. Krystina’s life and experiences in the Caribbean inspire her to take readers on a journey that goes far beyond the beaches and into the hearts and homes of local people--like your parents’ reaction the first time you dared to let out a chupse in their presence. Feel the Caribbean vibe, hear the laughter, and experience life and love from a genuinely unique perspective. Krystina Powells playfully addresses issues that some may shy away from while focusing on the often forgotten jewels of the sea which many call ‘home’.

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