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Recent times certainly have given us much to reflect on. We have experienced something unprecedented, and it’s an experience we share with the whole world. While much will be written about this time by historians, medical professionals, researchers, and economists, we can use the time to do some reflecting of our own, and in the process, reinvent ourselves, try new things, and in so doing, build confidence and courage. We just may find ourselves in a better place than before the pandemic started. Really!
Where to start? Since you have some time…
1. Make a written list of the people, activities and things that matter most to you.
2. Think back to pre-pandemic life: did it allow you time to make these priorities, well, a priority? In other words, how much time were you actually spending on what matters most to you?
3. If you did not have time for what you love and value, make a list of the activities that ate up your time.
4. Take a hard look at these time-eaters and whether you can eliminate or replace any of them when life returns to “normal.” While sports, clubs and activities can make life fulfilling, they can also make it hectic and overly busy. Do you and your kids have to do it all? You may want to prioritize what is effectively working for you and your family at this time and continue when this is all behind us.
5. Are there some household jobs you’ve been putting off because you have no time? Make a list and tackle these while you’re spending more time at home. It may sound boring and tedious, but chipping away at a to-do list can really lighten your spirits and give you a sense of accomplishment! Enjoy looking through those windows you washed or the extra room in your closet or that super tidy pantry! Good job, you!
6. B-R-E-A-T-H-E. Make time to do some mindful breathing, to take a stroll, to ride a bike, and to breathe in some fresh air. Have a seat at a park and embrace the beauty of nature. The old adage “Take time to smell the roses” can help you breathe in calming energy and may help you put things in perspective.
Whether you’re clearing out, cleaning out, making changes and organizing an actual closet or your “inner closet,” doing so may help you live a better and more authentic life. Obstacles can turn into opportunities, and problems to possibilities. An attitude of gratitude even for the smallest things can go a long way in keeping you centered and calm.
Please reach out if your circumstances are such that you could use a helping hand, a listening ear, or services that can help you better cope during this time. Helpers are available. You are not alone. Living your best life changes from day to day, so please be patient, tame your inner dialogue if it’s not serving you well, and know that this too shall pass.
Getting through challenging circumstances require us to adapt, adjust and to use our current and new coping skills. They can help teach us that it’s never too late to make positive changes and that you can make the best of this changing world.