We can all agree that there has been a multitude of hardships since March 2020. With the onset of Covid-19 came a myriad of other stressors and difficult situations we've been forced to navigate through. It hasn't been easy for anyone, but I do feel that there have been lessons learned for everyone.
Because of the inevitable adaptations we've all had to make, the day-to-day looks different for most, or did at one time, and I'm realizing that I've (naturally) started to form some constructive, very healthy habits through it all, and maybe you have, too.
As we begin to enter whatever transitional phase comes next as we learn how to move forward with caution and safety in mind, I hope that you can reflect on some of the more productive shifts you've had to make over the past year and carry them with you as you continue into 2021.
I wanted to share with you some of the habits I've picked up - Things that will stay with me as I keep moving forward.
Setting constructive boundaries during the workday Working from home is no joke, right? I started working from home well before the pandemic, but it wasn't until the onset of Covid-19 that I started to really reevaluate my work day. I began scheduling breaks, eating lunch away from my desk, closing my laptop for the day at a decent hour, and keeping weekends work-free as much as possible. It seems small, but it made a world of a difference on my stress levels and anxiety. This also helped me prioritize things I enjoy that aren't work-related.
Reading for fun Man, before the pandemic, it had been ages since I picked up a book and read for fun. And let me tell you, I fell back in love with fiction reading (as a lot of others have, too)! I look forward to being swept away by a riveting fictitious narrative that lets me escape for a little bit into a different world.
Cooking one new recipe per week Eating out became less frequent, and I was determined to spice up the meals at home! I committed to making at least one new recipe per week, and it has been the MOST fun thing my husband and I have done! We created a kitchen playlist and we spend time every night talking, cooking, dancing, and enjoying a really freaking good meal.
Going on daily walks I've always loved to be outside, and since last March, I've been outside every single day. I look forward to taking Blue, my precious little golden, on walks every day as I soak up the sun, listen to a podcast, or let the cool air sting my skin a little bit. It's revitalizing, and my mental health thanks me for it.
Playing games instead of watching TV Puzzles, board games, card games, virtual games - We've been into all of it! Playing games has challenged our minds, created lots of laughs, and tapped into our competitive nature. Sometimes you just don't need to spend hours in front of the TV.
Not waiting around for the right time to act on a dream To be honest, if the pandemic has taught me anything, it's taught me that there's never a perfect time, so you might as well jump. Do you have a dream or something you've been dying to do? Just get started, and figure the rest out as you go. This year I've taken a leap of faith (OK, a few, actually) as I've started a podcast, launched an online academy, hired an intern, invested in business growth, and started an outline for a book. It takes courage, but the jump is always worth it.
Reaching out to friends more intentionally I'll be the first to admit that I am the world's worst texter. Which means that often I go long periods of time without talking to the people I love most. The pandemic has reinforced the importance of relationships and taking the time to reach out. I'm still not perfect, but I make a conscious effort to check on my people.
Prioritizing sleep It is necessary. Period. Prioritizing 8 hours per night has changed my life.
Can you relate to any of these? What habits have you picked up over quarantine? Is there anything you are going to make sure stay with you?