This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo about happiness.
We have all become accurate about our mental health.
Happiness is right up on the agenda, higher than anything else in our lives. We have come to know just how fragile our civilizations are and how rare happiness can be. This is why so many of us are planning our tour of happiness for when this all blows over. Eventually, on that day, Covid-19 will not be troubling us and we’ll be able to get back to normal life.
Thankfully, we have plenty of time to make these plans and enjoy things like going on vacation, touring the country, speaking with friends face to face at the coffee shop and playing with our grandkids.
Going for a hike
So many of us have come to value the wilderness and nature, much more than we value our own homes! Since being stuck indoors for months and months has led to cabin fever spreading across the world like a bad rash, we would all love to go hiking up mountains, through hills, fields and meadows once more! But this requires planning.
You should get online and search for the hiking trails near you and see what kind of distances and elevations there are that you could tackle. Get yourself some good hiking boots and a pair of hiking sticks, as these help you balance on very uneven ground in the mountains, etc.
Meeting a lover in person
During lockdown, many of us single people have been continuing the search for a lover. We want someone to share our lives with now more than ever before or will ever do. Thanks to the virus we now know, we have a limited amount of time on this earth, so why not enjoy it with someone else? If you have met someone online, then lucky you! If they are not from your country, then maybe you should make plans to meet with them face to face. Use the service of a good immigration lawyer and see if they can come into the country on a work visa, or a visitor’s stay that is backed up by a citizen, etc.
Keep it simple
Don’t you just wish you could go into your local coffee shop for a snack and nice espresso? It’s quite sad that these simple things have been taken from us. We are all working hard from home, and not able to enjoy the presence of being among colleagues, friends, or family. Maybe you should not stop dreaming about your first visit back to the coffee shop.
Keep dreaming about the next time you go into your local pizzeria to order a couple of pies. Make a list of the types of pizza you’re going to order for the next house party or the next game you’ll be watching with friends and family.
Plan the next time you go to the cinema to get that truly authentic movie experience! Get the popcorn ready and get the list of films you want to see ready too!
It’s not selfish or audacious to say, all of us deserve happiness. After what we have been through, what we are still going through, every single one of us deserves our happiness.
Also consider reading How to plan in person meetings during pandemic.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
Rachel has written for HuffPost and Hometalk and has been featured on KXAN, Studio 512, Fox 7 Austin, and CBS Austin.