This is a New Day!
As the world recreates itself in light of Covid-19, where do you stand? There seems to be so much information coming at us. Some conflicting, some confusing. Households are being impacted in unpredictable ways. People don’t know where to turn. How about you? Is your head above water?
I, yes even I, found myself spinning with where to focus first. In needing to deal with bringing my business home and managing my household along with my husband, while also trying to offer care to my daughters and their families, my mother-in-law, and a sibling in my legal care, I lost track of taking care of me. It didn’t take long before I felt that I was neglecting so much of my business in attending to details all around. News, news, and more news came our way. Read this, look at that, and apply for those! I knew I felt overwhelmed but I didn’t realize I was spinning until I had a great and challenging conversation. My eyes opened!
In this, I want to share a few great insights! This one came from my friend Rick. He said, ‘this is a different world, not the end of the world.’ That’s so obvious, yet for many of those I’ve spoken with as this pandemic has unfolded, maybe not so obvious. But seriously, yes, it has brought change, and change that may even stay for a while, but for the most part, we are together in our homes with our families having opportunity to reconnect in new ways. That isn’t bad. For most people, that’s great. We have technology allowing us to chat or zoom in with those who are not under our roof! Again, great! We have opportunity to rest more, soak in the tub, read, and do whatever may bring us comfort at this time. Also great. Yet, some still spin. Why?
Here are a few reasons I believe this continues along with suggestions to help you or your loved ones.
The News. My suggestion: Listen to an update (that’s one) or two per day. That’s it. Every channel and opposing view has an opinion. This can get overwhelming very quickly! What or who to believe? Get updated. Then leave it alone.
Fear. My suggestion: Wash your hands well. Stay home. Stay safe. Play and laugh with those you love. Keep morale up. Don’t let fear take over your normally good sense and reasonable thinking. No one wins there.
Work and school concerns. My suggestion: If your children need structure, give them structure. This isn’t new to you. Just as your babies did, your children do too, and so do you. Education is all around us. Open your eyes to learning in new ways. Read those books you bought but haven’t read. Cook or bake and teach your kids math and creativity and all sorts of new skills. But don’t take structure to extremes. Some structure, some fun! Some planned, some imagination time! Seek balance. Ask your kids what they would like to learn. Let them fix supper tonight. Have fun. Enjoy them.
To each of you, I wish good health and safety; laughter until the tears run down your face; and a new perspective on living life when things get spinning. Remember, normal is just a setting on the dryer. Live, love, and laugh today, and everyday.