The Good Days

This is officially week two of pseudo-quarantine. My keyboard is already covered in some teenage boy stickiness as I’ve been having to relinquish extra technology to them.

I’ve definitely had good days and bad days so far. Here’s what I’ve been doing on the good days to stay sane. On my bad days, the biggest thing has been not beating myself up and remembering that I can always have a fresh start.

Good Days:

Wake up early – I’ve moved my normal wakeup from 4:30 to 6:00, but I am still getting up early.

5-minute gratitude journal – 5 minutes of what I’m grateful for. Really feeling the gratitude of each item. Today I was grateful for the new moon and the idea of a fresh start.

20 minutes of meditation.

Morning Pages – 3 pages of brain dump journaling.

Workouts – This morning I went for a run while listening to Tim Ferriss podcast. It was nice to see neighbors out walking and running, taking turns moving into the street to maintain the safe 6 feet of distance.

I have a list of exercises on my desk, in between work calls and breaks in project work I do one set of them. Squats, pull-ups, lunges, push-ups, planks, etc.

Every evening around 5/5:30 my sister and I FaceTime and make dinner together. This has definitely quickly become the highlight of my day.

Dinner with my family. During “normal” life we are frequently busy in the evenings – board meetings, school plays, etc. We have been enjoying this time together.

Fasting – the first week there was a lot of eating, more than my normal amount. That did not make me feel good. I’ve limited eating and drinking (alcohol) to 5-8 pm to avoid the nonstop grazing that was taking effect.

Kids – I’m home with three teens (15, 17, 19) I did not create a Pinterest style whiteboard of schedule and activity for them. We agreed on 45 minutes of exercise (their choice – weights, walk, bike ride, yoga, videos, etc), reading, writing &/or art, a chore if I remember to give them one.

Checking in on others – FaceTime, phone calls, texts. Thinking about people in tough situations, those losing their jobs, those living alone, those trying to work with a houseful of small children, parents, people who are sick. Reaching out to them regularly to see how they are has been helpful.

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