I am trying to practice what I preach! I am trying to keep the same sleep schedule. Wearing yoga pants on workdays does not help get me motivated to work. I don’t suggest it! I am losing track of work days, so I start each day looking at the calendar. Because I am not at work, I am not as aware of the time. I am using my iPhone timer to schedule lunch and meetings. Also I set the timer for 5:00 pm so I don’t work through dinner! I’ve been waiting until my husband gets home so we can walk the dog together but that means I am skipping my morning walk and exercise! Also, trying to text or call family and friends!
I am missing out on my morning workout because I am glued to the television. I am watching way too much news! I do want to stay informed but I need to stop watching so much. I am having trouble getting to bed on time or during a reasonable hour. We are usually in bed at 10:00 pm. I am not getting to sleep until midnight these days. That makes it hard to get up at 6:00 am. Weekends are a problem. We have no routine. We have no plans because we normally go out on the weekends and now we are not allowed. So now we sink into the couch and watch Youtube, browse the web or read. We will walk the dog a time or two then settle in for the night and watch a movie. Ack!
I have such an urge to start this blog post much like Star Trek: Captain’s Log, Stardate…
I’ve learned a lot so far during this pandemic.
- Working from home is terrible
- My Target, Michael’s and Hobby Lobby stores, a mere twenty-minute drive from home, are now off-limits because they’re in Massachusetts. I don’t live or work in Massachusetts, therefore I am not allowed
- I am not normally a hugger, but for some strange reason, need hugs
- I never realized how itchy my face is until I was instructed not to touch my face
On a more serious note, let’s talk about gratitude. I am one of those super-annoying, optimistic people who are grateful for the little things daily. I take way too much time to smell the roses (more like photographing them). Perhaps this is why I can deal with the pandemic a bit better than the masses.
I don’t mind being stuck at home because a lot of my hobbies can take place at home – reading, watching films, listening to records and crafting. Also, two of my favorite things – my husband and my dog, are at home as well! I just paid my husband the highest accolade by saying there is no one else I would rather love spending a pandemic quarantine with than him. Take that Hallmark!
However, the weather is not making it easy to stay home during the pandemic. I realize this is April showers time, so I should expect gray days and rain. But boy, could we get some sun?! We were able to take advantage of the last sunny day. We cleaned and opened up the patio and maybe next time we can turn the dirt over in the garden and plant some seeds. I am eager to just sit on the patio at breakfast with my morning coffee and a journal.
Falling asleep has become a challenge because I am not at work. Most days at work, I am running up and down stairs, walking to and from two buildings and lifting 50-pound bins. It is like an extra workout. I guess that really does tire me out by the end of the day. Never did realize that! It makes me think that my next blog post should be a list of how to create and stay in a routine during the pandemic. Might just do that!
Reading has become a challenge because I can’t quite concentrate. I thought that through the pandemic I would be very efficient. I might be cleaning the house or the attic. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. I was texting with my aunt from California and she commented on that exact topic. She feels the same way as I do. She isn’t getting anything done either! I am lacking my normal drive and incentives.
For now, we are resting, doing some research on Ancestry.com and hoping to surprise a family member with drive-by birthday wishes. That will be the highlight of this Sunday at home!
Things I Love About Morning Walks
- It is quiet!
Aah! Peace and quiet! So rare! Some folks are still sleeping when we are walking. What a shame. And the folks that are out at the same time as you, have respect for morning tranquility. A day should start quietly!
- You may see an animal or something special
Once in a while, you will stumble upon an animal. It is rare, but when it happens, it is awesome (until the dog dashes off after one)!
- Fresh air, no trafficNo loud cars. No exhaust fumes. Just fresh air!
- Starts my day off right with exercise!
Ok kids. I hate exercise. I hate gyms. SO walking is ideal for me. I get to see things and trick myself into exercising!
- Clears my head
No phone or emails? No dinging of text messages? No one around to talk to you? That means a nice, clear head with no distractions. Some of my best writing comes from a clear head! Too bad I can’t write and walk at the same time.
Why does everyone make fun of self-help books? Most consider them a waste of time, but I disagree!! Do some self-help books state the obvious? Yes. But, quite often, we are so busy that we FORGET the obvious! I am always thankful for the reminder. I probably wouldn’t buy self-help books unless they really speak to my soul. But I sure read a lot from my local library.
There have to be a million books about mindfulness these days. There’s your proof we need to slow down and actually think. And what better way to think then to read a book?!
I am especially delighted to see the resurgence of journaling and doodling. I would spend hours scribbling and writing as a young child. I am so excited to have a journal, Happy Planner and all sorts of colorful pens!! Really helps me chill. I appreciate a good brain dump!