I know this is a crazy and challenging time, on many levels. It looks like all this ‘quiet time’ at home is really starting to flatten the curve, so I am thankful to hear that. If nothing else, this time has taught me that the world is way smaller than we all thought and that our homes can make us or break us. I think we are seeing that firsthand, right?
I wanted to send some thoughts your way to help you through this time. There is a technique I’ve been studying on how to navigate this situation from a business standpoint, but I think it is so relevant for all of us. The concept is how do we “Protect” ourselves?
There are 3 ways we can do this, through our:
Mindset: We need to be aware of what we are feeding our brains. Too much negativity will truly stop us in our tracks, and we don’t want that. Of course, we need to be informed as to what is going on in the world, but I implore you to find a trusted news source and get in, get the information, and get out. Then, feed your mind with lots of good stuff: creativity, a good book, laughter, etc. It will bolster you up to be able to take on all we are going through.
Body: All those snacks and chocolate and wine sounds good at the time, but you need to fuel your body to keep yourself as healthy as possible. You cannot be your best if you do not feel your best. Make sure you are eating well, getting enough sleep and doing something everyday that gets the blood pumping (a walk, gardening, exercise, etc.)
Environment: This is where you home is crucial. Get rid of the stress reducing clutter. Make sure you have adjusted your spaces so they work for you now – i.e. working from home, having extra people around (all the time) and especially a separate place where you can get away and rejuvenate your spirit. Togetherness is great, but only for weeks at a time (LOL), we also need our own quiet time to renew.
I am sure you have noticed a picture of my Italian Greyhound, Dante. Every night, my husband and I take the golf cart out to ride around our neighborhood to wash off all the day’s stress. As soon as Dante hears the words “Golf Cart” his ears perk up and he cannot contain his excitement. It brings us such joy and relaxation to perform this ritual every night. I hope you can incorporate something like this in your daily routine.
All the best, Pam