As we’re entering into another week of sheltering in place, we know that many of you are feeling all sorts of mixed emotions right now. The emotions we’ve seen on social range from impatience to uncertainty to frustration. If you’re feeling like you’re going to lose it, we get it. There’s no “right way” handbook to thrive in a pandemic. If there was, we would be the first in line for it!
Things are difficult right now, but we believe if you take hold of the things you can control, there’s nothing you won’t be able to do as we adjust to our new normal. Here are a few little things you can do every day to keep your sanity:
Make your bed: If you’re struggling with feeling out of control right now, make your bed. It’s one of the few things you can control right now and it’s a simple thing you can do to start your day right. Some of the most notable people believe in this simple act, so get on board and make a habit out of it.
Find time to move your body: If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself to move, we get it. Try going on a short walk with the family or by yourself if you can. If you’re working during the day, consider taking a quick break to stretch or do one of the free workouts listed here. Moving your body doesn’t have to mean a full-on workout, but we believe when you move your body, you change your mind.
Play music in the morning and throughout the day: Sounds simple, but listening to your favorite music is one of the best ways to set the tone for the day. It can energize you, make you feel calm and relaxed, or help you feel empowered. Click here for our Start Your Day Playlist or a list of 75 Priority Planner Theme Songs to go along with your Power Word of the Month.
Write down your gratitudes: If things are moving fast around you because of the responsibilities you have to manage, take some time to slow down and write down the things you’re grateful for. We’ve heard stories over and over again where our community finds more joy in their day just by writing down 5 things they’re grateful for in their Start Today Journals. We find it’s the ultimate act of self-care and it only takes a few minutes, so give it a try and let us know what you think!
Set up video call dates for yourself and your kids: Just because we’re social distancing doesn’t mean we have to lose connection with our loved ones. Set up a video call with a friend to catch up during lunch or phone an accountability partner if you have one. If you’re a mama with young kids, consider organizing time where another family’s littles can talk together through the screen when they would usually see each other at school. You can even work out a situation where you can work close by while they talk with each other.