We’ve seen a lot of back and forth about the different ways to cope during the pandemic/quarantine. There’s one theme that is very positive, productive, goal-getter oriented. The other one is more reflective, introspective, and slower paced. I’ve seen both themes played out in social media too–pictures of people in their sweats and messy buns and other pictures of people that have taught themselves how to compost and currently have one beautiful baby tomato in their newly crafted garden.
It starts a debate–which one is better? Should I be doing more reflecting? Should I be pushing harder during this “slow” time? Should I be taking my foot off the gas? Should I be trying to get more done? Do I need to go start composting? Or baking banana bread?
The thing is–you need to deal with this season of life the best way for YOU. You know what works best for you and what habits will bring out the best “you” in this season. I think by sharing your perspective, you could ultimately help someone else find ways to cope. They might be inspired by your new herb garden or comforted by the fact that your kids are having a lot of screen time too. Sharing our perspective is in no way implying that you need to do the things we are doing to cope with YOUR feelings. When you focus on what works for you and what doesn’t, you are able to step out of the comparison cycle and step into taking care of your real and beautiful life.
We are working out (sometimes 2x a day), eating healthy, and focusing on a positive joyful perspective. Because that works for us.
Running and walking outside work for us.
Getting sunshine daily work for us.
Ordering and supporting small businesses works for us.
Movie nights and themed dinner parties work for us.
Doing small projects around the house and getting more organized works for us.
Learning to water color, hand letter, and make slime work for us.
Reading the Harry Potter series works for us.
Sidewalk chalk messages for the neighbors work for us.
Dancing in the kitchen works for us.
But those things might not work for you. So you have to deal with this in YOUR way…..
And that might mean….
Netflix and a tub of Nutella.
That might mean ordering pizza 4 times a week.
That might mean working a ton of overtime to keep your mind distracted.
That might mean training for that Iron Man.
That might mean crying in your shower so your kids don’t hear you.
That might mean learning a new language from YouTube videos.
That might mean distancing yourself from the media.
That might mean reading every piece of information you can get about the virus.
That might mean a very structured organized planned out schedule.
That might mean you have a set of “day” pajamas and “night” pajamas.
Comparison is the thief of joy. Please take care of YOU. Don’t forget that you don’t have to compare how you ‘deal’ with this situation either. Take care of your feelings with the things, activities, and care that resonate for you.