There was some recent polling done at The House on the Hill, Modern Philosophers, and residents were asked if they were slowly descending into madness from being isolated due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
A startling 100% of respondents answered in the affirmative! That means that every person living in my house is worried about the onset of cabin fever.
Such results cannot be ignored, so The House on the Hill’s Crisis Response Team immediately sprung into action.
The plan they came up with was simple, yet effective. So much so, that I’d like to share it with you. The Crisis Response Team anonymously approved my passing it along to you.
If you’re worried that you’re losing it because you’ve been confined to your home for too long, just rename all the rooms in your house. It’s fun, it’s creative, and it will trick your already confused mind into thinking you’re spending time in totally new places.
Here’s what I came up with at The House on the Hill…
The living room is Command Center Skywalker. This makes perfect sense since this is the room in which I spend a majority of my time. From here, I run the Modern Philosopher Empire and plot how to best survive this unsettling moment in time.
The couch is my center of operations. From here I write, eat my meals, watch TV, take power naps, read, and stare out the windows to reminisce about days long past when I was free to explore life outside of The House on the Hill.
I added the Star Wars reference to the title to not only make it cool, but to also make me feel more confident.
After all, if there’s a Jedi somehow involved with the space, even if only in name, it makes the place safer and more intimidating. I’m really banking on germs not wanting to mess with the Force.
The bathroom is Decontamination Center Alpha. This is the room where I wash away all the germs at the sink and in the shower. I almost called it The Birthday Nook since I sing Happy Birthday in there countless times a day as I wash my hands. Another option was The Boom Boom Room because of the room’s secondary function, but I really wanted to focus on cleanliness.
For the record, the upstairs bathroom is Decontamination Center Beta.
My kitchen is The Philosopher’s Mess. I love a good play on words. Trust me, The Philosopher’s Mess is not at all messy, but it is my personal mess hall as this is where meals are prepared and food is stored.
I’m not the best chef in the world, but I am the head chef at The House on the Hill. I’m keeping the menu simple, trying to buy in bulk so I don’t have to make frequent trips to the grocery store, and I’m making use of the shelves to store my supplies.
My bedroom is The TARDIS Rejuvenation Chamber. This is probably the most vital room in the house. Yes, hand washing and food preparation is very important, but I believe that my mental health depends on my ability to get not only a good night’s sleep, but also on the opportunity to go on adventures far away from The House on the Hill.
While I sleep, I dream. And much like Doctor Who’s TARDIS, my dreams take me to all sorts of amazing places at various moments in time. The other night, Amy Pond was even along for the ride, which made it a truly fascinating adventure.
I no longer have to set an alarm to be up for work. Now I can sleep for as long as my mind and body will allow. I’m finding that I still wake up at about the same time every morning, but now I roll over and go back to sleep. That’s when I have the best dreams.
My brain is going non-stop, often with anxious, stressful thoughts, so sleep is more vital than ever. It’s the only time I get to turn off my brain and recharge my batteries.
Governor Mills’ stay at home order still allows us to go outside to get exercise and such. I’m continuing to run, but I’m not venturing out for walks as much.
When I want some fresh air and a change of pace, I sit in The Great Wide Open and read a book, do some writing, or simply stare out into the world that seems so distant now.
I’m looking forward to the day when I can venture beyond The Great Wide Open on a regular basis, but for now, I am content to sit out there until it’s time to head back to Command Center Skywalker for a status report and more survival planning.
I hope this simple tip helps you combat one of the most annoying side effects of the stay at home order. Please let me know if you have ideas of your own you’d like to share.
Stay safe, my friends!