STAYING SANE WHILE STAYING HOME

How do we avoid cabin fever, and collectively enjoy this unusual time of being at home & away from others? Keep spirits positive by considering this to be more about personal connection than being cooped-up. What if the virus was sent here to help us reset?

6 Ways to Reset: 

  1. Reinvent yourself. It’s time to establish a new routine. A better routine. You can still find comfort and stability in making your bed, getting dressed, and stroking items off your to-do list. But why not take five minutes before rising to think about one sentence to focus on daily. “Today I am going to…learn something new.” “Today I am going to… inspire someone.” “Today I am going to… take mini holidays (to stretch, linger over tea, enjoy nature).” Write down and consider this thought throughout your day. 
  1. Relearn. Just because something feels different, doesn’t mean it’s negative. Working from home rather than commuting may initially take you off balance, but if you simply accept it, you’ll discover its delight: fewer mundane meetings and more personal time; rushing less and relaxing more; getting more done with less effort because you better focus. How long and hard does a person really need to work to be able to live happily? In many people’s social and work lives right now, saying you’re “busy, busy, busy” is no longer the answer to “How are you?” And that is good. 
  1. Escape from your escape. Turn off the television and forgo the video games. Get creative: You don’t need to paint or draw. Learn a new language in 10 minutes a day using a free website like https://www.duolingo.com/; take singing in the shower to a new level or discover the ancient art of Ikebana with free Youtube classes, or take up balcony container vegetable gardening. Re-energize exercise: Ask your teenager to teach you the latest dance moves so you no longer look like “your age bracket” on a dance floor. Set up an obstacle course in your home that challenges you and your youngster using everyday objects as free weights, a flight of stairs for up-down cardio, and a bed mattress to do a front roll. 
  1. Don’t socially distance. Physically distance. This is a time to connect even more with others. Pick up the phone instead of texting or emailing. Have long chats with those who haven’t been in touch for months or even years. Find old schoolmates and workmates on facebook/LinkedIn and reconnect. Smile and acknowledge strangers you walk by at a 2-metre distance; and wave at those neighbours you haven’t met. Never have we realized we’re all connected more than now—we’re in this, and other experiences, together. 
  1. Simplify. Do you remember the Slow Food Movement? It taught us to slow down, way down, and make time to create meals from scratch. It guided us to consciously savour foods’ tastes and textures with every mouthful. It inspired us to enjoy time together as a family, and on our own, with no distractions. Remember all we really need for health and vitality: fresh air, fresh water, whole fresh food. What if this time is to teach us to live a simpler, but richer life? 
  1. Change. Don’t fear falling apart. Sometimes things have to fall apart, and space needs to be cleared before something new can come in to replace it. And in some area of our lives, we all need a positive change.

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