Author of The Blackout Book and the online course Bloom Where You’re Planted
(April 4, 2020) We live in a very different world than we did back in January when the calendar turned to 2020 and everyone was anticipating the great things they’d accomplish in the brand new decade.
Only 3 months ago, we all had futures we imagined…
- Kids graduating from high school or college
- A vacation we were planning
- A new job we were striving toward
- Retirement so close you could practically smell the beach where you’d spend your golden years
- The health and fitness goal you were finally going to achieve
- A positive lifestyle change you were planning to make
- A relocation to a new destination
- The advancement of your relationship, whether it was a new one or one you’d been in for a while
- A summer road trip
- Getting a new pet
- An empty nest and what you were going to do with that newly vacant bedroom
- A new family member
Three months ago, we all had dreams, goals for the future, or at least some idea of what the upcoming year would hold for us.
I’ll bet none of us even considered on New Year’s Eve that we’d spend the first half (at least) of the year dealing with a deadly pandemic. Heck, I sat on a balcony in a little seaside village in Montenegro, toasting the new decade with a friend and some Jack Daniels, watching fireworks over the Adriatic Sea, and planning what European destination I’d be heading to next.
It probably never crossed anyone’s mind that there’d be some crazy new virus that nobody had ever heard of which would leave us under the equivalent of house arrest for months. Few of us imagined that suddenly, over the course of just a few weeks, more than ten million Americans would suddenly become unemployed.
Dreams have been shattered.
Goals have been put aside.
Lives have been lost.
Everything has changed.
And nobody knows what the future will hold.
A lot of the things we do know are horrible.
How utterly terrifying to know that we’re all likely to lose somebody we love to this virus or to a medical condition that would have been survivable if the local hospital hadn’t been overflowing with COVID patients.
We know there’s nary a roll of toilet paper to be found in a huge swath of the United States. We know that our supply chain, if not broken, is at the least, badly bruised. We know that if a person we love goes into the hospital with COVID-19, there’s a frighteningly large chance they may never come out again unless it’s in a body bag. We know that medical professionals in New York City don’t even have personal protective equipment to keep themselves healthy while they try to keep people alive. We know that yesterday in the state of New York, 23 people died every hour of the day from the coronavirus that has destroyed the world as we know it.
We nearly all know people who have been laid off. Maybe it’s someone in your family. Maybe it’s you. And if you haven’t yet lost your job, are you waiting for that hammer to drop? We all know of businesses that aren’t going to make it through months of this shutdown.
We know people who couldn’t pay their rent this month. We know people who pulled it together this month but won’t be able to pay May’s rent if this lockdown should continue. We know it’s so bad that the government has said landlords can’t evict tenants in many states – which means the landlords may not be able to pay their mortgages.
We may not know much right now, but we know that the economy is a f*cking disaster.
And we have no idea when this current purgatory will end.
The uncertainty is one of the hardest parts.
The advent of COVID-19 has changed our lives so much that none of us has any idea what the future will bring. Whereas before we’d be thinking about our summer plans, perhaps a holiday at the beach or a camp for the kids, now we don’t know if we’ll even be able to leave our homes by the time summer rolls around.
How absolutely bizarre to have no idea what our worlds will look like in 3 months.
My family, so far, is blessedly healthy, a fact for which I give thanks every day. But it’s become difficult to think of much beyond that. We don’t know if my one daughter’s plan to relocate to another state for an opportunity will still be available. We don’t know if my other daughter’s workplace will reopen. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to head back to Europe and continue my long-awaited trip around the world.
When the lease is up at my daughter’s apartment, we don’t know where we’ll go because we don’t know what the world will look like then. Will we need to tap into those homesteading skills we learned back in California? If so, we sure can’t do it from where we live right now. Where will we go?
Will running a business online still even be a possibility at the end of this? Everything…every single thing…is in question.
All of us have some variation of these same questions running through our heads right now. It’s pretty hard to plan when you don’t know if the post-COVID world is going to look more like Mad Max, The Walking Dead, or Little House on the Prairie. Or maybe it’ll be a lot like the pre-COVID world, only with more money problems.
It’s hard to figure out your plan when you have no idea what post-apocalyptic world you’re going to end up in. So how do you keep from going nuts? How do you find some peace in a world with so much uncertainty?
How to survive in a world of uncertainty
The word “survive” may sound melodramatic, but for a lot of people who are finding themselves living with broken dreams, for those who have vulnerable loved ones, for those living with sudden financial uncertainty, and for those who are sacrificing time and contact with loved ones due to their own exposure to the virus, it fits the bill right now. No, we may not die from this but when your peace of mind suffers, it can be a real struggle.
Below are some ideas that may help you to get through this if you’re struggling.
Make plans every day. While you can’t really make plans for 6 months down the road, you can make plans for the day or even the week. Create a schedule for yourself. Don’t just lay there on the sofa watching Netflix and Amazon Prime all day long. It’s not good for you. Get up and get dressed (not necessarily office-dressed but don’t wear the same thing to live in and sleep in for three days in a row.) Figure out what nutrient-rich meals you’re going to make that day. Think about how you’ll exercise – will it be a walk with the dogs around the neighborhood or will you go to a nearby hiking trail? What work do you need to get accomplished? What room are you going to deep clean? Write it all down on a whiteboard or a piece of paper on the fridge so everybody knows what’s on the day’s agenda.
Don’t lay around watching television all day. Set yourself a time at which you’ll watch a movie or show online. I’ve worked from home for years, and one rule I’ve held for myself throughout it is that we don’t turn on Netflix until it’s getting dark. That means in the summer, it’s later because we can spend time doing things outdoors during the nice weather. With us being home all the time now, I’ve relaxed that rule slightly to 6 pm. But if you start watching while you have lunch it’s way to easy to get sucked into a series and the next thing you know, it’s bedtime and you never accomplished anything. This isn’t healthy mentally or physically so I strongly advise that if you are a television viewer or a person who likes to stream shows you limit this to evenings.
Prepare for what you can. We all know that we need to prep with the basics of food, water, seeds, tools, and the like. This doesn’t really change, regardless of what the future holds. So keep doing what you can to build up supplies and skills. A lot of things are out of our hands but you can control what is within your power.
Don’t consume a constant diet of bad news. I spend a lot of time researching this virus, the effects on our economy, how it has decimated other parts of the world, reading the heartbreaking stories of loss. I’ve been doing this since January 20th, when it first really appeared on my radar. I do not advise it to anyone. It can be hard to see the light when you spend your time delving into the darkness. I’ve been doing this for years and can compartmentalize to some degree, but this has been a long haul. Limit the amount of time you spend reading about this outbreak and the difficulties surrounding it. Unless your job depends on you knowing every detail about COVID-19 and it’s effect on the world, you can stay informed reading about it for 30 minutes a day instead of 6 hours a day. Trust me when I say this: your outlook will become much brighter when your day is not filled by press conferences, the follies of incompetent government officials, and stories of suffering.
Enjoy making healthful, home-cooked meals. Remember all those times you said you didn’t have time to cook? Now, if you’re currently out of work, you finally have time to cook. Don’t just heat up frozen pizza after frozen pizza! Get in that kitchen and whip up all those tasty delights you’ve wanted to make for years. Learn to bake bread if you don’t know how to do so. Cook things that take half a day to prepare. Make every tiny detail from scratch. Set the table with the nice china and give your food the showcase it deserves.
Work on some projects you never had time to do before. What projects have you always put off because you didn’t have the time? We’re currently converting a storage room in my daughter’s small apartment into a second bedroom since it looks like I’m going to be here for a while. We’ve been going through the boxes of our past and enjoying the walk down memory lane. I’m finally getting all this stuff into scrapbooks. We’re devising clever storage methods and purging things we don’t need. Soon we’ll have an adorable tiny room off the laundry room for some much needed extra space. After that, we’re building some shelves with curtains in front of them for the kitchen to put away our canned and boxed goods, hidden from prying eyes. We also each have some craft projects on the go for entertainment because productive hobbies are always a great idea.
Spend time outdoors. If your municipality allows it, spend some time outdoors. You can still be socially distant while getting fresh air. Avoid the clusters of humans and walk the challenging trails at your local hiking place. Or go early in the day while everybody else is still sleeping in. Getting some fresh air, exercise, and sunshine is healthy for both your body and your mind. If you can’t go out for a walk, at the very least, sit on your balcony or patio and read for a while.
Find something to be thankful for as often as possible. An attitude of gratitude makes tough times easier to stomach. Even now, there are things for which we can be grateful. I am spending time with my daughter and talking regularly on the phone to my other daughter. I am enjoying the blossoming of the spring flowers – always a favorite time of year for me. I am grateful that for now, I still have work online. I’m grateful my daughter is no longer working in retail during this outbreak and that she’s safely home. I’m grateful I have the time to cook delicious meals, experience my daughter’s cooking (she’s really good at it), and spend some bonus time with her. We have two dogs to walk and two cats to cuddle. Life could be much, much worse so take a moment to appreciate what you have right now.
Find something to anticipate. As we talked about before, we live in a period of extreme uncertainty. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find anything to anticipate. I’m looking forward to the new room we’re setting up this week. I’m looking forward to a movie we plan to watch this weekend when all our tasks are done. I’m even looking forward to organizing the kitchen because that will be such a satisfying task. I also have a book on Kindle I plan to read on my birthday that is coming up. I noticed that daffodils are poking their heads through in the front yard and I can’t wait to see how the place looks when there are sunny yellow flowers everywhere. My homesteader friends back in California are filling my social media feeds with baby goats and baby chicks and I’m counting down the days until a friend’s baby is born.
Sure, these things are short term, and some of them aren’t even my things, but right now, the short term is all we have. Take the joy that’s there. Find things that will occur within the week and don’t look too far in advance.
Stop focusing on things going back to “normal.”
We’d all like to think that one day this will suddenly be over. The kids will return to school. We’ll go back to our offices and our commutes. We won’t be struggling over money anymore. Life will return to the pre-COVID days.
But is this the healthiest way to look at the situation?
Spending all your time looking forward to the day when this is over is an exercise in frustration because nobody knows when that will be. And more than that, nobody knows what “normal” is going to look like when all the lockdowns are over. A lot of things will never be the same.
You can help yourself by learning to adapt now to changed circumstances. This will help you learn to live with the new normal, whatever that turns out to be. Major events are bound to cause major and long-lasting changes. This has happened throughout history.
In reality, the things we’re experiencing right now, while not necessarily easy, aren’t so bad. Things will probably get worse before they get better, but eventually, some form of “better” will come.
Your ability to adapt is indicative of your ability to survive. So let’s get through this lockdown and keep our mindsets positive. Let’s get through the part that comes next.
Then, eventually, we’ll come out on the other side, ready to tackle the new normal, whatever that ends up being like.
What about you?
Does the uncertainty have you on edge? How are you handling your time in lockdown? How are you dealing with the lack of clarity about the future? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Daisy Luther writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and runs a small digital publishing company. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
Good counsel, Daisy.
Thank you for your support and great information. I wanted to let your readers know that if they are planning to buy seed for their gardens that they should do so quickly. Many states including Vermont are declaring that seeds are nonessential and are not allowing sales of seed. Can’t figure that one out. I wasn’t planning a big garden this year because I am 70 years old, but have changed my mind and will be planting every inch available. Bless you and your family and readers.
RE: seed sales. That really depends on the store. For instance here in VT I don’t think you could buy seeds at a Walmart now but you certainly can at Ocean State Job Lot or smaller ag/garden supply stores so call around and ask. But yes, do get your seeds ASAP. They are running out in some places. I noticed that even online, Johnny’s Seeds in Maine has had to shut off sales to all but commercial growers til April 6. And how anyone could consider seed and gardening equipment/material anything but essential is beyond me! I can see asking people to wait on buying patio furniture but spinach seed?
We’re prepping the gardens here. Starting more seeds. Planting the ones that are ready. My Mom flew my ex husband in from out of state last month to help and give him a safer place. So he’s fixing the tiller right now to get the unused acre ready for plants. We finally got my Dad to stop going to town (we’ll see if THAT lasts). It’s a blessing that we all get along and can work together. We are only watching the news once a day, too much stress from listening to it all the time last week. Focusing on the good things, checking in on family and friends everywhere. Waiting for the test results for a friend stationed in South Korea.. laughing at the antics of the ducks and chickens in the meantime. Making more bread and baked goods this morning.
Thank you for taking the time to writing your thoughtful, informative articles. Although I’ve been a casual reader since your days of living in a cabin in the woods. There isn’t another site out there currently that comes close to keeping me as well informed of whats currently happening in the world or what could happen. It makes me feel like I’m not the only person facing such uncertainty. Even now I reread Selco and Jose to prepare myself for even tougher times, looking at their advice through “new” eyes. Keep up the good work and know that you are helping so many people right now. God bless you and your family!
Love the positivity in all your articles Daisy. The generation that endured the Great Depression are often referred to as the greatest generation. Right now we are going through an event that can either turn is into the next greatest generation, or the generation of whimps. The example we set for our children on how we deal and handle Covid19 will determine what we will be refered to when we are no longer here.
I agree with John, wise advice.
Thank you Daisy for sharing your wisdom again.
I’ve been prepping my raised beds, working on getting the supplies for at least 6 more completed, (4’x8’x20″ for ease of weeding and helps keep the bunnies out.)
Getting some of the “someday when I have some extra time” projects started.
Ordering more heirloom seeds and open pollinators as not sure of future availability. Planning, learning about seed saving,
Working in my yard and garden areas.
Revisiting books and notes on canning, freezing and drying eatables.
Looking forward to Daisy’s emails and blog posts.
This is good advice, I had a year in quarantine when my car broke and I couldn’t afford to get a new one and I work from home anyway, so I have been through a year of this already and if you don’t become productive and creative you will suffer 10 fold.
Thank you for yet another 100% on the mark article. I just wanted to impart some info that I hope helps ALL your readers. Having been prepared has helped but we all still need to shop for groceries. Walmart has been pretty damn reliable for online ordering only 1 supplier unable to provide product. Once you have your items in the cue Finalize Immediately or your items will go “Out Of Stock” in literally Seconds. Sams Club has been less reliable but at least they are trying to make 1 or 2 of the items available per cardholder per order. All of the Delivery Services UPS, FEDEX & US Post Office have been Exemplary & these people should be considered Lifesavers as well. We have a local Mom & Pop Produce, Meat, Dairy, Bakery & Dessert Store who has been able to consistently stock up Daily from his Regular sources & his Contacts in the Food Service sector – So he has been getting Great Deals because All of the Restaurants are CLOSED. If you NEED Food contact Sysco, Dean Foods & other Large Food Service providers – they Want to Sell Food & some Food will Spoil if they can’t sell it. The Food supply chain Change is Forcing Dairies to DUMP Hundreds of Thousands of Gallons of milk Every Day which makes milk scarce & Cost is going UP & soon there will be NO BUTTER, YOGURT, SOUR CREAM, WHEY & eventually CHEESE. The Giant Food Service companies Want to help But it takes time to Convert the Plants from Making Bulk Packaging to Retail Packaging & The Trucks & Truckers are in Short Supply – If You are a Trucker looking for work Most companies are Paying a $1,000 sign on Bonus. Until the Packaging & Supply Chain Logistics are Fixed – PLAN for Food Shortages starting NOW. The Large Local Grocery Store Chains are NOT reliable find other options & get as much as you can delivered. Talk to any of your Small Farmers Markets or Mom & Pop grocer about these ideas. Good Luck to All.
Forgot to mention AeroGarden – you can grow indoors & harvest regularly. Lettuce grows Fast – tomatoes take longer, herbs are pungent & Fresh! Good Luck to All.
Not much has changed here with us except sometimes baking bread and made bismarks. Another way to be productive is making face masks. Our new normal. We’ll survive.
Thank you daisy for your spot on posts. Your insight is a highlight to my day. I am disabled and in a wheel chair, very very very high risk. I am very active, I cook every day from scratch, garden, can, dehydrate, clean, help take care of our fur babies and was just starting an online craft business when this started which is my greatest personal loss at this moment. So now I am back to making my crafts and storing them for the future but I still create every day. Because we are in a very small rural midwestern town, we only have 6 cases in our county but also no medical care which forces us into the city for our care which is worrisome. We have put a limit on news, usually about an hour a day. I do all my regular chours in the morning and my husband is a musician, singer songwriter so he usually eats and goes to his studio. He is a very social person so rather than face to face with people, he keeps in touch by phone and facebook. Watches a lot of guitar videos on YouTube and takes care of our critters. We dont leave the property. He cooks out on nice days. We have a lattice enclosed porch and big fenced yard for the pups so we can all get outside and still me safe. We make due with what we have on hand. At night usually after 9 or 10 we watch movies and look for none depressing ones. My husband fights depression every day and takes medication. I can handle it most times just by keeping busy. I just try not to dwell on the bad, be thankful for the good and feel blessed for every day we have together 48 years and counting.
Hi Daisy, I so appreciate your calm tone – it’s so needed right now. As a teacher, I am ‘working from home’ although many of my kids don’t have internet, so, it’s interesting. I’m focusing on reminding them to be nice to parents, since many have lost jobs, and be kind to each other. I forewarned them before spring break that we may not be coming back to school….. I found out before spring break that in the fall, my position would go from 1.0 to .8 so i was figuring out how to pay down as much before the fall. Was going to have hand surgery, go see the folks in another state. Now, there will be no summer school to teach. And I work in alternative program for kids who get suspended for fighting with others. Well, if they aren’t in school to fight others, not going to get suspended. So, my fall is looking very uncertain – after teaching for 22 yrs.
Each day the snow is melting more, revealing more dog poop to clean up, but that means one day closer to getting raised beds started. I can’t do an Aero Garden, since my cats would be sooooo happy, but found a small aquarium set up, countertop style, with a light, does the trick to keep the paws out.
One thing I am so grateful for? This time ‘off’ has allowed me to take a very good friend to her required medical appts, as she can no longer drive, and is in dire straits. Not sure what she would be doing otherwise.
I try to focus on the more immediate things – meetings, deadlines, etc. Not much news. I already focused on the doom & gloom before – no need to seek it out now.
thank you again Daisy & commenters on here – I always open your emails first. Take care everyone 🙂
Our state just went on “lockdown” two days ago, but I had been limiting my trips out of the house for awhile, so I was pretty used to being home. I have been re-organizing my pantry and putting up some fruits and vegetables into the freezer with the help of my FoodSaver. I am cleaning my grandchildrens’ play room and sorting through old toys they have outgrown. This is a task because I realize now that I have spoiled them! It’s a good time to take stock of what we have and to start thinking about others. So there will be boxes to take to the thrift store soon as it is open again.
I spend some time outside working in my small garden (I live in Florida so can garden year round).
I have a stack of books I am going to read now that I have more time for it. Also coming up with ways to use every last bit of food and not to waste a thing. I think some good can come out of this terrible situation and maybe we will learn some lessons on how to share what we have with others. For now I am sending a donation to our local food pantry each payday. My husband is fortunate enough to be able to work from home and I have a part time job I go to where I am alone while I work, so we are blessed to still have income and have decided to help as best we can those who are less fortunate.
I appreciate your blog and want you to know that I have learned a lot from reading . This is my first time commenting!
Welcome! Thanks for commenting!
I find myself fortunate in the sense that I currently still have a job and am considered “essential” (although nowhere near any front lines on the virus). That said, the greatest change I am finding I have to make is moving from a mindset of going to work and working to being a learner again and being willing to spend time and energy on that. At some point my job may go away, so I need to be investing time and energy in other skills that might help in some other way.
Well, good advice for the short term. Appreciate your ideas. But it’s more than the here and now. In 100 years we will be in eternity. Where will you spend yours? The Bible says it is appointed unto men once to die and then the judgement…People spend more time planning their vacation than their eternity. Ours souls will either be in hell or in heaven. If this virus, which was so devastating can change our lives in a month, the Bible says that Jesus can save our souls in a moment and you can be guaranteed heaven with Him. This is just the beginning of sorrows, its going to get much worse. Jesus died on the cross was buried and rose again and is alive forever. You must have faith in who He is and believe the Gospel . It is the best news for now and eternity. This is truth, and the truth will set you free.
Please keep in mind that this is not a religious website. While faith can be a very important part of keeping your mindset positive, it’s deeply personal. We have readers from many different backgrounds and I want them all to feel welcome.
Yes, I agree with all being welcome. For God so loved the world, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
Thank you very much for posting my comment and may
you and your readers stay safe and healthy during these uncertain times.
Volunteer! If you are healthy, don those gloves and that mask and head out to your local soup kitchen to help prep those meals to go. If contact with potential carriers isn’t your thing, research how you can answer phones on a crisis line. If you have the energy, you could let your neighbors know that you’d be willing to shop for them and deliver to their doorsteps. If you like animals, the shelters may need some help. I volunteer every Sunday at a private shelter for cats; been doing that for almost four years and always wear the mask/gloves set up, so I’m good to go.
The only thing that keeps me going is to one day see Demoncraps hanged for treason. Nobody has been hanged since Pearl Harbor, JFK, 911, Benghazi, and maybe the hoax (when compared to other flu seasons, abortion, murder, illegal invasion of immigrants, etc.) of the Wuhan Virus.
Nope, they still get to run for President, governor, mayo, Congogressmen, etc., and still get to practice treason on President Trump and the American people which patriots just have been too nice to.
I hope the negativity you mentioned might start the process. 😉
Life goes on guys, till it doesn’t. In the mean time, do what you gotta do to stay disease free and safe. And above all else, suck it up buttercups. Even in lock down, we still live better than all the kings, queens and princes throughout the ages. Remember that when you spin the dial on your thermostat and flush your toilet and the bad stuff just goes away.
Some great ideas there – we just checked everything off your list. I’m nurturing my sourdough starter because yeast is really hard to get right now. I’m bugging my friend about her new kittens that are on their way in a week or so. My mom’s sending me news about a possible clutch of ducklings. I read the news a lot but I also read and do things that are soothing. I work around the house when I’m not working from home doing my actual job. I’m doing what I can to get good sleep and exercise. I think I’m about to practice making Japanese food again and I may restart some at home language lessons.
All the best to you and yours and to anyone that reads this.
I spend my days with my cat Panther. We need each other’s company. It’s wonderful!
I kinda did the opposite but my circumstances are a little different. I sat and watched Netflix with the wife all day because I’m in it everyday with hourly changes, lies, misinformation and violence and the stress had pulled me down even though I’m exercising, meditation, scripture and doing what I can.
I’m refreshed today and ready to hit the grind again as we ramp up.
No matter what y’all are doing take care of yourselves cause we’ve hit a long ways to go.
Best article is great. We are in Texas and stay in. Appreciate you. We have been with
several years. Keep what you are doing. God Bless
Daisy, I am a daily reader and have been for some time. This article really puts things into a healthy perspective. We cannot afford to have our inner peace disturbed or destroyed during these very difficult moments. I am also a prepper and consider myself to be “in-the-know” and it is very important to set limits. I have some friends who are completely oblivious to the real danger, while others do spend 12+ hours consumed in the latest news or tidbit of information, none of it good or positive in any way – it takes its toll.
The attitude of gratitude is awesome: I’m going to spread that message with coworkers this week! Everyday we wake up healthy and with life, we should be grateful! Thank you Daisy for this beautiful article and keep up your great contribution!
“Those who don’t read are no better than those who can’t.” By reading a good book you may “download” in a few hours the accumulated knowledge, wisdom and experience of an author”s lifetime.
Bill Gates knew.
Morning All! Put eggs under a broody hen last night, the ones in the incubator are on day 5 (2 more days until I find out which ones made it!). Working in the garden on the sunny warm days, and in the house on the rainy cold ones! Always something to do, and very glad my middle son took leave from work to help me out. Things haven’t changed too much except I’m not going out, making bread from scratch again, and really ramping up what we put into the garden! I hope I can keep up with it all!
I’m trying to keep it as normal as possible.
I still go to work at my little office despite the State-wide shutdown order. I’m not participating in it. I go to work, maybe have 3 customers a day if I’m lucky. Business definitely has slowed down but I refuse to close.
At home, I have my chickens and garden. I mow my lawn. On weekends I go food shopping for stuff I’m getting low on (Bread, beer, fruits, etc.) and look for meat. I still have plenty of the stuff people are freaking out about but that’s because I prepped for disasters to happen. I’ve gone fishing a few times and brought back dinner.
I do listen to the News (Glenn Beck, Rush, Hannity, FoxNews, OAN, and some websites) but I don’t dwell on COVID-19 news.
Financially I’ve already gotten a flexible Loan forbearance on my home loan for up to 6 months, so if I can’t pay my mortgage for a few months, no biggie. I have no big credit card debts, maybe $100. I have no car payments so no worries there.
I just go day by day and try to keep things as “normal” as possible.
To be frank, it’s not bothering me too much. This isn’t my first rodeo I guess. After ’08 I was unemployed for years, and I learned the art of staying healthy and sane while at home. Granted this is a bit more challenging, but, it’s not likely to last as long.