Well, the world has changed since I wrote my last blog two weeks ago. There is a lot of fear, panic, and anxiety now. We’ve added new terms to our vocabulary like social distancing, six-feet-apart, and panic buying. Our brave men and women on the front line of the pandemic are still working, but the rest of us can help most by staying home and praying for them, supporting small businesses, and giving help to those in need.
But amidst the negative, there is one thing I’ve noticed that is super interesting. The old saying, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” is true. People who are been confined to their homes are starting to create and share what they are doing. Sewers are making masks for hospitals, gyms are sharing workouts, singers are sharing songs, and writers are reading their books.
So, I took this question to the virtual streets and asked folks what they were trying at home that’s new for them. As for me, I’ve tried Zoom as have many of you including my friends Andy and Sharon. I was a Skype gal before, but now it’s Zoom staff meetings, Zoom counseling, and I even had a Zoom happy hour with my friends and family. Don’t be afraid to try this. It really helps you feel less isolated.
I also tried Yin Yoga online. It’s way harder than it sounds. You hold an uncomfortable position for five minutes and then switch to another uncomfortable position for five minutes. You do this for an hour. I’m not a huge fan but I’d probably try it again. There are tons of free workout options to try. Keep your body moving!
What a great time to try new things. This turns our despair into hope and our sadness into joy. Here are answers from my friends and you’re invited to add your new things to the comments below.
Cooking: I personally have not tried this but you can!
Randy: I’m making bread (Navajo flatbread came out pretty well, and I’ll be trying beer bread this week).
Julie: Made “Swiss biscuits” this morning
Whitney: Trying TONS of new recipes to use all the food that has been sitting in the pantry forever.
Cleaning: This is also on my list of things to do but…not yet.
Shelly: Spring cleaning, lots of dishes
Jack: Cleaning all the door handles and light switches.
Jane: Consolidating all my sample creams/lotions into one container to use them up. Making tags (using luggage tags) to label black vs navy pants on the hangers in my closet.
Spiritual Practices: Mine have stayed largely the same, but these are great.
Misty: I am adding a deeper level to my mediation practice. Super humbling.
Whitney: Added a daily mediation.
Rittie: Walking more. Trusting more.
Chris: News distancing.
Kim: Online church
Fun and Creative Things: This section cracks me up and gives me hope. Step out, create, try new things!
Shelly: Things I’m Not doing: My hair or makeup; Getting my nails done; Getting out of bed at 6am
Jodie: Drawing more
Rod: Trying to learn Russian on DuoLingo
Whitney, Getting a Wellness Coach online certification.
Jane: Passive—letting my hair grow the longest it has been since high school.
Drawing pictures of the homes I lived in growing up in the military (at least 12), to be converted later into quilt squares for a wall hanging.
Writing a message to my grown children in case I must be separated from them in the hospital. Will form the basis for an ethical will later.
Patty and Shelly: jigsaw puzzles
Sarah: Had a zoom playdate for the kids. It was great to see them dancing together and showing each other their pets.
I’m anxious to hear more! Drop a comment below to share what you are trying to make this time less treading water and more growth-oriented.