It’s been an eerie experience transitioning into quarantine. Before COVID-19 I took the Go-Train to work every morning, I did pick up and drop-offs and I maintained a tight schedule. Everything had to happen at a certain time giving or taking five extra minute for mistakes. To now being home for how long this process may be, it feels intimidating and scary, it feels like I have lost control. The reality is we don’t know how we will come out on the other side of this and for most of us that is scary. My stance right now is to be positive and try to find a peaceful state to rest through this experience. I find it easier to find states of peacefulness when I have a sense of direction. This post is about things you can do during this period that will help you do something meaningful in the end and help you find something to focus on.
1) Start A Book Club
A group of people with like mind interest, learning to grow and having fun together. What’s not to love? It’s hard being inside and not being able to go anywhere or having anything to do in your schedule. North American folks aren’t built for it. An online book club is a great way to meet new people and connect with your friends while learning new things. It’s a great idea to read books that can help you work on a particular area or issue in life. Let’s say, you want to learn how to code, you can read a book on coding or a book on knitting. Do your best to make sure it isn’t a random book and align your readings with a personal goal. On meeting days organize meetings using what’s app video conferencing, Skype, webinars, or zoom. Have a glass of wine and some snacks and you and your friends discuss away and be distracted!
2) Do a thirty-day wellness challenge.
As I write this, I know that there aren’t enough step by step resources out there on how to achieve wellness for anyone looking for a simple formula. I believe this is because wellness is influenced by spiritual concepts so most people have different ideas of wellness depending on cultural or religious back ground. Isn’t this a great idea though? Using the next thirty days to work on improving your whole state of being. Here is how I think you should go about it, but of course it’s up to each individual to adjust to suit your ideas of wellness. There’re three main components of wellness. Wellness is when your mind, body, and soul align and are working efficiently to help you live an improved and happy life. A basic model, that can be adjusted is the 30/30/30 depending on your needs and schedule. Aim for at least thirty minutes each day to exercise, thirty minutes to meditate and thirty minutes to read a book on wellness or do an activity that will give tangible results of feeling well in real time. The goal here is to educate yourself on wellness and your own state of being. More importantly to help prepare for the inevitable return to work or at the least help to adjust to a new normal.
3) Start a new hobby.
Start a new hobby or create a learning schedule around your current favourite hobbies that you haven’t done in a while. In normal circumstances life is a busy consistent hum, making time for hobbies isn’t convenient but with platforms like SkillShare and Udemy this is the perfect time to start learning something new or own in on current skills. The exciting thing about learning a hobby or developing a new skill is that you never know where the journey will take you. It’s exciting and definitely a great point of motivation to get up out of bed for the next couple weeks.
4) Start an exercise regime.
Start an exercise regime if you don’t already have one. I know this may seem like a nuke in the stream of great ideas I’ve been working with so far. It isn’t, believe me, it’s the perfect time to create a program without access to the gym and without the distractions of a busy routine. Implementing a program now can help you increase success. You know your schedule when you go back to work so create your workouts to fit the down times of your schedule like early morning, before bed, early evening before dinner, whatever time works best for you. The trick here is to be flexible and creative, so give yourself room for error to miss your morning workout but create a second time slot in the day when you can still get your workout in. You can split your workouts in two fifteen to thirty minute sprints. Creating workouts that you can do at home without equipment is a great idea because you can do them at home or at the gym so you have no excuse not to continue your workouts when you return to your busy schedule.
We are going through a difficult and historic time together, the entire world. Even in this difficult time, fight to keep peace within you and around you. Be at peace with God, with yourself and with your friends and family. Maintain a positive outlook and let light be your guide. ‘My Peace I give to you, not as the world gives but peace that passes all understanding that even in the midst of the storm you will have peace.’ -Jesus