By collectively practicing social distancing, we are a united front against the coronavirus. Together, we’re working to protect our communities, and this is a beautiful thing. With this limited interaction, however, we are quickly reminded of how much our community is a part of our daily routines. From coffee shops to PTA meetings to Sunday service, things aren’t quite the same right now.
What I’m about to say isn’t anything new — it’s just something that must continue to be reinforced during this time. Stick with it. Stay on your schedule. Stay in communication. See the beauty in the quiet.
Stick with it
My office has closed, but you can bet that I am getting dressed for work each day. This includes hair and makeup. It is important for me to remember that this situation, prayerfully, is temporary. I enjoy this part of my daily routine. It reminds me of the privilege of beginning a fresh, new day. It keeps me grateful for employment during these times. It just feels good. Think about routines that are a part of your health and wellness. Keep these things going.
Stay on your schedule
Has anyone gotten confused about the days yet? Very quickly, a Tuesday can feel like a Saturday. Here’s my encouragement: Be flexible during this new season but keep scheduled rhythms. If you exercise certain days of the week, keep it up. If you have Taco Tuesday with your family, don’t let this tradition disappear. If you get your nails done, find some resources for at-home manicures.
Stay in communication
Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, we all need healthy relationships. If you’re texting, calling or scheduling a video chat, it’s all about maintaining positive communication. I love to hear people’s voices and see their faces. FaceTime has been a huge blessing. If you would usually see a friend once a week, try to schedule a time to catch up each week. Planning in advance helps with accountability.
See the beauty in quiet
The hope is that this won’t last long. However, there are some beautiful, quiet moments that I have recently discovered. Working in my garden is one of those times. I’m surrounded by beauty, and I’m able to hear all of the sounds around me. This is a huge stress reliever. If there’s a safe way for you to be outside, don’t miss this opportunity.
Which routines are important for you during social distancing?