Many may recall us saying in programs over the past few months, that while we are all experiencing the pandemic together we are also affected by it in different and unique ways. Just like a road trip, on some days, we may chug along okay, but on other days it may feel endless and we just want to shout, “Are we there yet?”
Similar to a car trip, we know there will be an end to our current restrictions and the pandemic as a whole. But, we are not a hundred percent sure of how the rest of this experience will unfold or exactly when we will arrive at the endpoint. This continued uncertainty can provoke a variety of feelings such as anxiety, unease, and even physical and mental exhaustion (commonly referred to now as Quarantine Fatigue). Experts agree that to help manage these feelings, it is important to focus on the present, to have a schedule, and to follow a regular routine. Yet, many of us find ourselves bored with our day to day lives, or at a loss of how to make our days more interesting.
Below is a list of suggestions, both recapping from previous articles we have written, as well as some new ideas that you might like to consider. Some coping strategies might help make the journey more pleasant, and others might be a one-time occurrence to make a difficult day a little less so. Please keep in mind that some suggestions will speak to some more than others, and not all suggestions are practical for everyone. Also, if you find yourself struggling to get through the days or having trouble processing difficult feelings, please reach out to a trusted friend, a member of the temple clergy, your Kesher worker, or call BH Link for 24/7 confidential support at 401-414-5465 (LINK).
Please remember to try and be gentle with yourself and others. The end to this long road trip is approaching!
1) Connecting with Others:
3) Give your brain a workout:
4) Give your eyes a rest and let your ears do the work:
Rhody Radio podcasts by the Rhode Island libraries are available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts. Or, get updated on the latest happenings with talk radio. If music is more your thing, scroll through the stations until you find something enjoyable.
5) Searching for something new to watch?
6) Feed your spirit and mind:
Experts agree that time spent in some sunlight is good for our physical health and overall mood. Try raising blinds, opening curtains, and positioning furniture near a window for a dose of brightness. Or you might even want to try painting a wall or two a lighter color.
8) Get moving:
If you need assistance putting any of these ideas into practice, please reach out to Shana at 401-428-4084 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reach out to Tara at 401-527-7772 or email@example.com.
Samantha Clark is part of the Kesher Worker team at Temple Sinai. Kesher is the congregational outreach program of Jewish Collaborative Services of Rhode Island, funded by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and private donors. Katie can be reached at 401.415.8213 or by emailing