In these uncertain times we are finding ourselves in, doing our best to fend off a global pandemic, finding ourselves captives of forced downtime, one of the most common complaints or concerns that I’m hearing is that of being bored.
I find this very interesting to say the least. God forbid if we aren’t running at Mach speed, we don’t know what to do with ourselves.
So I thought I’d share a few ideas of things that I plan to do during the next few weeks to keep my body and mind occupied and dwelling on positive things. Perhaps a few of these will resonate with you and will inspire you to seek out the positive in these unsettling times.
Read a book (or listen to one!) ~ There are many different genres, why not try something out of the norm. If you usually read personal development, why not try a novel or biography for a change of pace.
Declutter a space in your home ~ This might be your closet, your office, the junk drawer. It doesn’t have to be a major undertaking. Even the smallest decluttering project, when completed, can lighten your mood and lift your spirits.Don’t forget about local charities that could benefit from donated goods. I usually try to separate items into different piles to allow me to donate where they can do the most good.
Declutter your mind ~ by journaling! This will look different to all of us. You may want to spend time writing about things that are troubling you, thing that you need to do/tend to (your never ending “to do list”). The idea here is to get it down on paper, so your mind can relax. Known as a “brain dump”, it’s fascinating how once you’ve jotted it down on paper, your brain realizes that you’ve “got it” and can stop worrying (as much) about it.Not to say this will completely ease your worries or concerns, but it will greatly help. Give it a try!
Practice gratitude ~ You may find yourself back in your journal. Practicing daily gratitude is a sure fire way to lift your spirits. When you purposely seek out things to be thankful for throughout your day, it forces you to focus on the positive.Maybe you owe a few people thank you notes. This would be a great time to catch up on them. All caught up? Then how about sending out a few encouraging notes (messages or texts work too) to some friends.
Try out a new recipe ~ Get in the kitchen! Not my favorite place, but I will admit, I tried out a new recipe this week, got rave reviews from my family, and actually enjoyed myself. I MAY give this another go even.
Get some fresh air ~ I’m fortunate to live near the beach, so this is my destination of choice: walking on the beach. Whatever this looks like for you, get out in the sunshine and enjoy some nice, spring weather. Still cold where you are? A short, brisk walk will do the trick.
Kick back and relax ~ Don’t feel guilty for enjoying some downtime. Instead, why not be thankful for the opportunity to slow life down a bit and take some time to relax and enjoy time with your family, and even some alone time.
It’s easy to get caught up with worry and fear, but I advise you to take a deep breath, look around and observe all that you have to be thankful for; then take me up on a few of these suggestions. Here’s to your health and sanity as we all get through the next few weeks.