Life is “getting back to normal“. After the past few months, I’m quite sure the word normal has new meaning. I really have no clue as to what that meaning is, but it ain’t what it used to be, that’s for sure.
Now that things are starting to get back to normal, I’ve been thinking a lot about what part of my old “normal” I really want to get back to?
My family has been one of the fortunate ones. My husband and I continued to work. I was blessed to be able to work from home full time and my kids are old enough to manage their virtual learning without much hands on from me, so they didn’t affect my work schedule at all. Kudos to all you parents trying to work with younger kids at home. My heart goes out to you, it really does.
While we were doing our best to social distance, I made it a point to only grocery shop once a week to limit my and my family’s exposure. Although I did make an exception with a daily trip to Starbucks to escape my four walls for a little while, change the scenery and not lose my shit. Mama needs her Starbucks.
All in all, my life wasn’t drastically effected by a stay at home order. And at the risk of pissing people off, I have to say that I have kinda been enjoying it. My kids are safe at home, we play card games (this is our absolute fave and I have an 18 and a 13 year old), we watch movies, eat meals together, spend more quality time as a family, and we are taking advantage of time we have regained from our freed up schedules.
After a while, I realized just how much time I had previously been wasting by frequent shopping trips and just restlessness and procrastination in general. It took me awhile to appreciate that it’s ok to just “be“.
Now here we are. Stores and restaurants are opening and people are wanting to get out and take back their lives. People are going back to work, heading on summer vacations and attending backyard barbecues, belated graduation ceremonies and birthdays. Everyone is craving a sense of normalcy.
Not Everyone Wants To Get Back to Normal
As a former Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, I believe there is always a lesson to be learned from every disaster. No one was prepared for what was to come when we first learned about Covid-19. But we became resourceful really quickly. Companies rapidly moved their workforces to home, schools were teaching kids virtually, food was being provided to students who were getting the majority of their meals during school hours, birthdays were celebrated with community parades, parking lots were turned into drive-in movie theaters, restaurants that were unable to open were bringing meals to essential workers and feeding others in need, John Krasinski brought us Some Good News (thank you for all the happy tears John) and so many more amazing, and somewhat inconceivable things. Truly incredible, if you think about it.
But, just because the world is making attempts at getting back to normal, or should I say, the way it was, doesn’t mean you have to. I’m sure many of you have been thinking about the very same thing.
Here are 5 areas to focus on when creating your “new normal”
Who do you want to spend your time with? Now is the time to remove yourself from toxic relationships and strengthen the bonds of the ones that are special. Relationships take effort. Maybe you didn't have, or make the time before, but now is the time. They deserve to be nurtured. Make time to call family and friends, send text messages or an old fashioned hand-written note or a gift. Plan a virtual game night or cocktail hour or meet in a parking lot for a tailgate party with some girlfriends.
Time to take better care of yourself. Try a new online exercise class, tackle a Whole30, make some healthy new recipes, walk the dog often, step away from the screen.
If working from home, make sure you delineate work hours to maintain a good work/home life balance.
And don't forget your mental health. Take time to breathe or meditate. And limit social media and news, especially at bedtime. It may be time to do some unfriending if you are seeing a lot of negativity from friends and family on your feeds.
Right now there are no events going on. At this point, it can even be a bit of a challenge going out to dinner. And I don't see sports coming back for a while.
Be creative. Get back to nature. Go on a hike or pack a picnic. Try kayaking or paddle boarding. Learn a hobby. Take a Masterclass. Bake. Try a new recipe. Go to a drive in.
Then there's always Netflix for some new shows. Like you didn't know.
Try online shopping instead of going out to the stores. Use Rakuten to earn money while shopping. I never online shop without it!
When you do have to go out, have a list prepared and try to minimize your trips. Wear your mask, wash your hands and be safe.
Now that you've been stuck in the house for a few months, I'm sure there are chores you want to tackle. If you are ready to declutter, here is the bible. Or maybe you are looking for a little Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga) in your life.
I find going from room to room and making a list of things that need to be done really helps. Don't put them off any longer. But don't rush it. Take your time and try to actually enjoy the process.
If you don't have the money or your own home, create a Pinterest board with dream home ideas.
Tackle a DIY project or paint a room. Refinish a piece of furniture. Re-tile a floor. Plant a garden or just go pull some weeds. Create some curb appeal. Pressure wash the house. Build a she-shed. There is always something to be done around the house.
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