By Madalyn McKnight
Outkast encouraged listeners to Git Up, get out and get something, and not to let life pass you by. Well, the second part is definitely true, but please do not heed the first piece of advice. As restrictions ease up in some states, it is not the time to ease up on safety precautions. It is time to ramp it up. Stay in the HOUSE as much as you possibly can and stay safe. Some people are asymptomatic and others are being hospitalized. Exercise good judgment and common sense.
Just because outside may be open in your area, does not mean you need to give a firsthand account.
I can speak for all the pedestal writers when I say you should stay at home if you can! There is plenty to read here on The Pedestal Project’s website and others to keep you busy! I can admit that it has been a roller coaster of emotions for the past month or so, and I am still adjusting to the routine of only leaving the house for necessities. Sitting outside and getting fresh air helps, but I miss my friends and loved ones. It is going to be a long summer if we don’t get ahead of the curve.
I encourage everyone do the following things:
- Learn a new skill or hobby! Our lovely founder Tekita told me about a lady who does yoga and has some videos on youtube and so I’ve been getting into it. It has not only helped with my lower back pain but also my stress level.
- Keeping a routine has helped keep me sane. I work during set hours, read during others, and still keep my skincare routines and cooking schedules the same
- Utilize technological ways to connect with others. FaceTime, zoom, and other programs have helped me keep in contact and check-in on loved ones!
Most of all, address your emotions and seek help. See if your therapist has virtual options. Take a breather and talk to someone. You do not have to start a fortune 500 company in your garage or feel pressured to monetize a pandemic.
IT’S OK TO JUST BE.
*Photo by Tolu Bamwo via Nappy.co
Madalyn McKnight is a Contributing Writer for the Pedestal Project, LLC. A rare blackbird who has the range and a young black professional with impactful words! Follow her on Instagram and Facebook at @singsongblackbird and twitter @singsongblckbrd