How’s everyone doing? It’s a crazy and scary time right now. Some days it’s such a struggle, and I find myself tossing and turning with anxiety late into the night, other days I feel like I can manage. Everyone is coping differently, but I thought I’d share the things that are helping me.
Focus on Mental Health= Increased Productivity
I’m big on productivity, and I remember the Yale course on the “Science of Well-being” (it’s free on coursera and is Yale’s most popular course!) mentioning that anyone who wants to be productive especially right now needs to focus their attention on mental health which will in turn increase productivity as a byproduct.
Focusing on mental health for me means:
1. Doing yoga or jogging 4 days of the week
2. Taking a sabbath day every week to do nothing –no chores, no blogging, no to do list, no exercise, no expectations
3. Doing something novel on the weekends -for us this has been choosing a new takeout place to have a new long bike ride route and setting up a picnic followed by sand time for the boys
4. Getting outside every day
5. Doing my makeup most days- I’m in a better mood, more energetic, and more productive when I feel pretty!
6. Calling friends everyday
7. Participating in Marco Polo group chats every week.
8. Having dessert! I have such a sweet tooth and unlike many people, I LOVE having a sweet tooth and look forward to having dessert every day.
9. Writing in my gratitude journal and reading my bible.
10. Quality time with Nate with all the screens off.
11. Time to work on something meaningful to me. For me it’s this blog!
12. Waking up with a sense of purpose. -What helps with that is having a to-do list and a daily rhythm (like a schedule but flexibile).
Every day needs:
1. Outdoor time
2. Physical activity
5. A flexible routine
6. Something to look forward to
7. Something that awakes me spiritually
Every week needs:
1. A day to rest
Every weekend needs:
2. Breaks away from kids
Although it is hard, especially being someone who is 100% extrovert and thrives on change, it is not as hard as I thought it would be. I can attribute this to my dad teaching me early on that what will be will be. It is what it is. He taught me the importance of focusing on the things I have control over.
The last thing I want is for someone to read this and feel guilty because they are thinking they need to do more during this time sheltering in place. I struggle every single day to fit it all in and these are my goals but for sure it doesn’t happen every day! I’ll go into more detail about some of these points in future posts. Let me know which ones you’d like me to elaborate on.
I’m curious- what daily/weekly activities have made this difficult time easier for you?
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