Now that we know social distancing is looking more like a new reality for the foreseeable future, I’m pressed! When I say “pressed” I mean P.R.E.S.S.E.D. I hate sitting in the house and even worse- NOT traveling. Yes, I know these are first world problems, and we are all really fortunate to have resources like the internet during this prolonged period of social distancing, but I also recognize this can still take its toll mentally. I’ve really been trying to focus on these 4 things to help the time pass.
MIND YOUR BUSINESS. It’s amazing how endless creativity starts to flow when you get bored. I’ve been thinking of new ways to promote my business and different ways to engage my students. Honestly some of the best brainstorming and planning I’ve done in while has happened over the last couple of weeks.
STAY SOCIAL. I’m very social. So this is the tough part for me. My friends and I have been really awesome about reaching out and staying in touch. Even my mom who is not a huge FaceTimer has been FaceTiming me which is super cute. I LOVE having FaceTime dates with my nephew too. I even hosted a game night via Zoom Friday that was amazing and super fun (man I wish I had bought some stock in Zoom). It’s important for my mental health to stay connected to the people I love and the people who support me, so this has been awesome.
INDULGE. I have been enjoying long runs and walks in the park. I love to cook so I have really been taking my time in the kitchen. On Sunday I made a thanksgiving quality feast for no real reason other than it felt comforting to have my home smelling like collard greens and slow roasting meat. 🤤 I’ve also been having fun cocktails and given up on guilting myself for not maintaining a stricter diet. These are weird times bro, no one has time for self- loathing 💁🏾♀️ STAY POSITIVE! This one is huge for me. When this all started I was obsessively checking new articles, constantly updating myself on what felt like my “inevitable doom” then I realized that while this is serious, I create my own reality in this space. We have no control over the outcome but we do get to control our perspective. The more time, attention and energy I give to the negativity the more that will grow and impact my perception. Instead I find it more helpful to focus on the positive. This has given me the opportunity to utilize this time as a space for growth and self reflection and ultimately I believe I will be able to process this as a positive time in my life.