April 6, 2020
Wow you guys.
Change is hard, especially when it’s unsettling and unexpected. Then throw the unknown of when life will return to “normal” into the mix and wow…it’s more than hard. It’s scary. Right now, the entire world is being forced to change and deal with a new normal, with no real end in sight. Some lives have been uprooted more than others, but I think it’s safe to say everyone is experiencing some level of discomfort.
But what if we looked at the discomfort as opportunity instead? Like, instead of settling in and waiting for “normal” to return, maybe we need to try to lean into the change and make the most of it.
1. If being stuck at home is making you feel trapped or anxious, think about all the things you previously wished you had more time to do. Things like organizing or updating your home, exercising, getting better sleep, getting back to a hobby you love, eating more meals with your family, or even just spending more time with your family – NOW is the time! Purge that closet. Move your body every day. Go to sleep earlier (or sleep in). Pick up that book you want to read. Try a new recipe. Play board games.
It’s crazy that all of these things feel GOOD. But they are always the things that get thrown to the wayside when life is normal and busy.
2. If you have a service job that isn’t functioning, use this time to freshen up those skills. Or learn a new one! You’ll go back to work feeling refreshed and more confident than ever. Or you know that side hustle you’ve always wanted to start? Get the ball rolling. It can be as small as starting a vision board! Once you start that momentum and that brainstorming process, who knows what you might accomplish.
On the other hand, maybe you desperately needed this break and you need to just breathe. DO IT. Don’t feel pressured to be productive or busy. Relax and recharge.
3. If you’re stressed about your kids being out of school, think about soaking up your time with them. When life is normal, schedules are busy and the days fly by. Now’s your chance to actually see what they’re learning in school, to have more meals together, and to make memories. I know, I know. Helping kids with e-learning sounds like it’s a bit of a nightmare and too much time cooped up with your little ones is probably tough. But you know what I’m saying. Go on walks! Laugh when neither of you can figure out their homework. Make the most of it.
4. If simple errands like grocery shopping feel difficult and stressful, maybe now’s the time to finally try grocery delivery! Treat yourself and eliminate some stress. Or, open that Pinterest board with hundreds of freezer meals you saved and ACTUALLY MAKE SOME. Yeah, it probably require one big trip to the store, but you’ll save yourself from shopping (and cooking) for at least a couple of weeks after.
I love the idea of supporting local restaurants in your community too. Let them do the cooking if you’re comfortable with takeout and your budget allows. Or, buy some gift cards to use later. Local businesses are dealing with a lot of scary change too, but watching the community come together to support is a really good feeling!
We’re all dealing with change together, and I seriously think there’s some good buried down under all the scary, uncertain stuff. If you’re struggling, try leaning into the change. I believe in you!