We are all living through strange and historic times. There are no easy answers to questions about how and when life will “get back to normal” or even what “normal” might mean in the future. Somehow or the other, we must all, individually and collectively, get through this uncertain time that is marked by fear, sickness, death, job loss, loneliness, boredom, and in some cases, despair and even anger. This is a time when we are all grieving for the lives we used to have, such as going out to eat, getting a haircut or going to sporting events, the theater, etc. Passages of life also have been altered, from high school graduations, postponed weddings, and even funerals honoring our loved ones. Those who have experienced the loss of a loved one are forced to bear this loss alone without the physical closeness of family, friends and community.

So how can we get through this, keep ourselves sane and support others who may have greater needs than we do? The first thing is to stay healthy and safe. Do this by the things we hear about so often: wash your hands frequently, wear a mask in public places, keep your distance with others, and yes, stay home as much as you can. Fortunately, spring and summer are on the way so there are a lot of fun outdoor things to do such as gardening, going for walks, bike rides, etc. There are a ton of indoor activities as well; use your creativity and try to do something new each day, no matter how small. Learn a new word, call a friend, binge watch your favorite TV show, keep a journal, try new recipes, exercise, sew masks for others, or go ahead and organize that closet. If getting started on anything seems hard to do, try setting small goals for each day that will help give some structure to your life. For some, this might be as simple as getting out of your pajamas, making the bed, or doing something else that feels “normal.”

Holly Hansen of Brilliant Moves can be reached at 612-605-7303. The website is www.brilliantmovesmn.com.

EPPIA is a networking group whose members are committed to the welfare of seniors in our community. EPPIA members provide a variety of resources to seniors including in-home services, housing, relocation, counseling and legal and financial services. The website is www.edenprairieaging.org.