What a bloody rollercoaster life is at the moment. Although as I ponder on that sentence I realise it’s not entirely accurate. Life isn’t having ups and downs, the level its been delivering has been pretty consistent over the past 2 weeks anyway. Now, not a lot is actually changing with the situation outside the window.
It still feels like I’m on a rollercoaster though. Sitting in the yard enjoying a spot of spring sunshine one minute and pretending not to cry at a TV advert the next. It’s all a bit much.
I have put together a couple of things that are really helping me get through in the hope they help you too. Nothing new or innovative here, but it is keeping me solid.
Get into a routine – get up, wash and dress and have a “start work” time. I’ve stretched this pottering around getting ready time until 10am for now, why not, I may as well enjoy a lazy cup of tea in bed with a book for a while, it’s not often you get the time consistently.
Get some sleep – a routine with going to bed is almost as important as during the day, if not more so. Stick to a similar time each night. Switch off screens and bright lights a while before you go to bed. Create a ritual that you cherish and that signals to your mind it’s time to sleep. Read, listen to calming music, write a gratitude journal, meditate or whatever floats your boat.
Get productive – Whether it’s boring admin like accounts or taxes, cleaning the kitchen cupboards or getting the garden in order it’s the perfect time to do it. I’m doing a little bit every day.
Get learning – For me, I’ve got shelves full of books I’ve not read and a list of online courses I’ve wanted to do and haven’t had the time, well now I’ve got the time.
Get creative – I’m more of a writer than an artist, so I’ve challenged myself to write a 100 word story a day. It doesn’t take long and it’s good fun.
Get moving – We’re finally allowed out for a walk every day so this was very exciting for us this weekend. While I’ve been confined to the house I found a yoga class online and did that (very badly).
Get Talking – I’ve chatted with people I haven’t for a while, and some that I have never chatted with before (online associates) and it’s been great – video calling especially so you can see them is just wonderful.
That all said, if you don’t do any of that one day, and you stay in your PJs and watch the whole season of Ozark in a day (between naps) and barely move from the sofa that is OK too. Allow yourself to rest. Allow yourself not to be productive. Allow yourself to just be.