NO MORE BLURSDAYS! That needs to start being a national (or perhaps worldwide) mantra.
If you’re not sure what that means, well then you’re even worse off than I thought. Blursday is defined by the Urban Dictionary as:
When you’ve been sheltering in place for so long because of a global pandemic you have no idea what day it is as they all blur together. Blursday!
Why does this matter?
It matters because this has become such a common phenomenon that Blursday has actually been picked as one of the new words that will soon be added to the Oxford English Dictionary. It’s one of those sneaky problems that the pandemic brought with it. Together, with all the other changes that we’ve had to make recently, this issue creates drag in our lives, and can further complicate any attempts to create a more balanced meaningful existence.
I know! I know! That may sound dramatic, but it truly is a problem. In the beginning of the pandemic, with all the shutdowns, and closures, this was just seen as a funny little quirk of quarantine life. It was thought to be something that would soon go away, and we would look back, and tell stories about how we suddenly realized it was Saturday instead of Friday, and that’s why the bank was closed early. Only, that isn’t what’s happened. As our yearly lives have been disrupted, the cumulative affect of Blursdays are being felt more and more. All those typical ways that we used to mark our lives, they’re mostly gone. Without those mile-markers, everything just blurs together. Even if you’re working from home, or remote learning, it’s still easy to fall into this trap.
Zoom just isn’t enough of a draw to break up the monotony anymore. I can’t count the number of times I’ve signed up for a chat or webinar, and then completely forgotten about it.
I miss the events that I would normally go to, but am also just as worried that I might never truly feel safe attending them again. Convention for 150,000 people anyone? Yeah, me neither.
However, without those markers on my calendar, the days still blur. So what can anyone do about it?
Perhaps the answer to that really does need to be answered individually. My solution might not work for you, and vice-versa. In the end, whatever you choose, it just needs to make the days stand apart from each other, and in many ways that means there has to be at least a few things on the calendar that you’re truly looking forward to.
Live talks online tend to hold my focus better than pre-recorded ones. Letting everyone know that Wednesday and Friday afternoons are when you’ll be going for your walks might help prevent others from dragging you back into the blur. The return of a favorite TV show (finally) can set up the basis for a date night, or family night viewing party. Or, perhaps schedule a call (phone or video) with a friend of family member, so you both have something to look forward to.
However you go about it, the important thing is that you at least try. Your blurry mind will thank you for it.