All our lives have been turned upside-down in a matter of weeks. All because of a virus.

Whether you or someone you know have contracted COVID19

Or shopped for supplies…

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Or have lost work…

Or now have too much work…

You are our heroes! Please join us in thanking our doctors, nurses, technicians, medical assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, patient transporters, laboratory teams, kitchen staff, social workers and all of our incredible employees. #HealthcareHeroes. #COVID19

— Stanford Health Care (@StanfordHealth) March 21, 2020

We have all been affected by this highly-contagious virus.

Within the last week or so, businesses, institutions, and communities have buckled down to flatten the curve and reduce as much strain on our health care system as possible. This has meant either working from home- or worse, losing work.

Either way, we are all staying at home.

So we want to know what you have been doing to keep your sanity.

A few suggestions we’ve gotten through our page and private forum are…

I’m 100% a working mom… but since I work at a school I’m home for at least the next two weeks with my kiddos (1&4). Keeping a schedule is what is helping me keep sane! And playing in the backyard as much as possible ????

-Dani Epperson

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“Part of me coping is using this as a time to spread awareness about IBD and all vulnerable immunocompromised people. So many people just don’t get what IBD is, or care to. For me personally, during this time, even family thinks I’m just being over protective about quarantining my kids, when in reality it’s about me being alive and healthy to take care of them. (Plus, quarantining is just the right thing to do. )“

-Savanna Kaiser

Many are using this as an opportunity to reconnect with your hobbies…

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“Crochet! I’m a nurse, but work has put me on furlough for the foreseeable future due to my meds. So I worry about my coworkers and crochet ????

I also plan to work on my flower beds if it dries up a little around here.“

– Kirsten Ketchersid

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“I have let myself go nuts with hobbies. Literally anything that I feel like doing on a whim, I do it: sign up for a free online class on travel photography, make scones, listen to a podcast on world languages, play a new video game, etc. If my day stays varied and interesting, then I seem to stay pretty happy. Let your curiosity run wild and free; you have time!”

– Aurora Hood

Others are ensuring to get some fresh air and/or exercise…


“I walk a mile, with hand weights, on the treadmill three times a day, minimum. It makes me feel so much better! Take 15 minute breaks, three times a day, to workout how you choose!”

– Jennifer Carter Redd

“Getting my steps in for the first time ever…..I have calculated that if I walk around my first floor 40 times, I have done a mile! Then I sit on the sofa and twist to the right and left to scratch my dog, get up and doing again. Those are my squats! Then a few wall push ups…I have been doing it live in FB and now formed a walk and talk club via messenger. If anyone is interested let me know! If I hadn’t started this, then this virus will have me wearing a moo moo this summer with all of the snacking I have been doing!!!“

-Carin Sue Andersen

And others are finding fun in any way they can!

“Lots of yoga! Warm baths at night. A stack of good books. I’ve been pretty homebound for the last two years between UC, having a toddler + freelance writing. Personally I’m almost THRILLED that more people are reviving ample FaceTime and phone calls!!! I’ve “seen” people I haven’t caught up with in over a year. Talking to friends and family daily has helped keep us sane—and really, the face to face of video chat carries so much more than just texting or calls!

Unrelated, has GWG ever had a book club…?“

– Laura Jane Walker

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“I’m trying to do everything and I dont think it’s working lol. I’m going out to see my horses, working on our house renovations, trying to keep the kids occupied other than the TV, I’m trying to stay physically active by working out at home with an app and do things I don’t normally have time for.”

-Brenna Janzen

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And those are just to name a few! We know there are even more ideas out there!

What are you doing to keep yourself active and entertained while we all practice our social distancing? Let us know!

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