With concerts and sporting events canceled or postponed, bars & restaurants closing or limiting to curb-side or drive-through only, it’s made the idea of “self-reliance” even more of a “thing” these days. I’m no doctor or an expert on health issues but I do know a thing or two about doing for one’s self.

I’ve lived alone, “kinda self-quarantined” for nearly a decade. Not really by design. It just worked out that way. In those 10 years I’ve moved from Missouri to Arkansas, then to Kansas, from there to Colorado, and now to Minnesota. In each situation, I moved without knowing a single local. No family, friends, or local connection. In most situations, the staff I worked with was the only people I knew. It’s not that I’m “anti-social”. Anyone that knows me knows its quite the opposite. It’s just challenging to find time to get out and meet people and make friends. Now, with everything shut down, it’s impossible.

Again, perhaps a positive thing that can come from this situation is reminding us to take care of one’s self while being mindful of others. When you go grocery shopping, only get what your need for a week or so. Hoarding and stockpiling toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, and other items don’t help the situation. Store shelves will be restocked in time. If we learn to manage with less, everyone benefits. Get what you need and manage your supply. Wash your bedding more often with bleach, wipe down doorknobs, cabinets, and countertops. It’s hard to cook for just one so I usually make things in bulk. Chili, stew, and other foods that can be portioned and quickly reheated works best.

Also, remember to help others. One easy way is to donate to the Echo Food Shelf.  The organization says they anticipate an increase in the number of people who will need their services. Food donations are always accepted and can be dropped off anytime between 9 AM and 5 PM at the back door, however, cash donations would be beneficial at this time. You can make a donation by clicking HERE.