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How Patricia Heaton's Getting Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

She's attending virtual church services, learning Spanish and trying the keto diet

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1. Get busy

The first week of quarantine, I slept a lot, watched a ton of TV and ate whatever. Then I got sick of myself. Now I clean and cook for my husband and sons and am also taking walks, learning Spanish and doing the keto diet. I'm best when I have a schedule.

2. See both sides

Politics has become so polarized that I've pulled away. But I gently tweeted recently about protecting the vulnerable and opening the economy — and got 30,000 hits.

patricia heaton in a kitchen slicing an orange

Courtesy Patricia Heaton

"This pandemic has gotten many of us off the hamster wheel and forced us to step back, spend more time with our families and reassess.”

—Patricia Heaton, 62

3. Look good

I've had Botox and fillers, so when my dermatologist's office opened back up, I was first in line. Nothing drastic; I'm just trying to preserve whatever I have that might be good.

4. Just pray

I miss going to Mass. But you can do that anywhere in the world now online. I log on and — I hate to say it — I'm in my pajamas sometimes!

5. Stick with it

It's a wonderful time for older women to explore dreams we've put off. In Your Second Act, I write about taking a painting class and the mental hoops I had to jump through to finish, because the other women were so great. The teacher came up to me and said, “Wow, you're a messy painter.” I had paint on my face and my clothes. But you can't worry about what others think when you're starting a second act.

6. Go your own way

Being 62 is great! With mortality even more present now and the end looming, you realize, I don't need to do anything I don't want to do. I don't have to tolerate people who aren't good for me. —As told to Natasha Stoynoff


In July former Everybody Loves Raymond star Patricia Heaton published Your Second Act: Inspiring Stories of Reinvention.

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