DON’T GO STIR CRAZY

March 25, 2020

The COVID-19 continues to scare people around the world, even though there seems to be the possibility of a cure with medicines that have been used since 1945 to treat malaria, lupus, and arthritic diseases.  Doctors can prescribe the medicine as an off label use to treat this coronavirus.

But people do not want to get the disease, period, even though there may be a cure.  I don’t want it, either.  So what am I doing to be safe and avoid not only catching the disease myself, but would hate to know I had spread the disease to others?

I am doing what the medical profession is telling people to do.  And what the politicians tell us to do.  I am staying inside my house as much as possible.  I only go out for necessities.  And one day I had an important doctor visit I kept.  Some doctor visits I have postponed.

Staying at home is sometimes very boring and frustrating.  People tend to go stir crazy. How can you prevent this?  One, realize the importance of this quarantine.  You are not only protecting yourself and your family, but also all those you can spread the disease to even though you may not have any symptoms yet.

And, two, do important things that will help yourself from falling prey to the many temptations that can lurk even inside your own home.  Like eating too much, usually out of pure boredom.  I haven’t done that, but it would be easy to do.  So how do you accomplish that goal of not overeating?

I’ll tell you a brief story of how my daddy quit smoking.  He was 40 years old at the time he decided to quit.  He called me into his bedroom where he was packing his clothes to go to work and be gone for a week.  Daddy worked on an offshore oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana.  He would work on the rig for a week then come home for a week.  He did that for 35 years before he retired.  So Daddy said to me, “I am not taking any cigaretts with me.  I don’t want to be tempted.  And if I don’t have any with me, I’ll be forced to do without because you can’t buy cigarettes on the rig.  I figure if I can do without them for a week, then I’ll be able to quit for good.”  Daddy was right; he never smoked again.

That’s a good lesson to learn about avoiding temptation.  Stay away from it.  So, don’t have a lot of food in your house that you’ll be tempted to consume out of boredom.  Just don’t buy foods you will be tempted to snack on.  Just eat your regular meals.  Then what do you do for exercise?  You can walk if nothing else.  Either in your house or around the block,  but avoid walking with a lot of other people that may have the virus.

I have a big house to walk around in, plus I ride my exercise bicycle as many times as I can through the day.  Yes, that’s boring too.  I can’t ride it but about 10 minutes at a time because of bad knees and a bad hip.  But I ride it quite fast to burn off as many calories as I can and to get my heart rate up.  I know that’s very important for me, both physically and mentally.

Another trick is to read as much as you can about the dangers of becoming obese.  I read a lot about that danger while I was losing the 100 pounds I lost in one year.  That was 36% of my previous weight.  It wasn’t easy to lose that much weight, but I was motivated to live, and to avoid all the problems associated with being obese.

A good place to begin your research on obesity and it’s dangers is by going to the world health organization’s web site.  The site tells you much about all kinds of diseases.  You can click on the particular disease or problem you are concerned about.  There’s a catagory about how to lose weight and a catagory on the dangers of obesity.  Plus the WHO site will refer you to other links about whatever you are interested in.  It’s a very valuable resource.

If you are spending a lot more time at home than you want to, take advantage of it and do some things to help yourself physically, mentally and spiritually.  Read and study a lot.  My granddaughter, Summer told me she was going to update her resume.  She spent a lot of time on it and within a few days after sending it out, she got a very good job offer.  It was worthwhile to spend the time she did on her resume.

You can utalize your extra time, too.  Don’t just  laze around you house watching TV and eating.  I have been calling people on the phone.  I talked to a cousin of mine recently that I had not called in many years.  Surely, you too have calls you could make.  Take advantage of this extra time to do something valuable.

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God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley