Pre-coronavirus, I woke up around 3 am, started work by 3:30-4, worked until around 4 pm, hopped on the treadmill for 2-3 miles, cooked dinner, then sat down to rest. I even used mid-day breaks to do chores around the house. Fast forward to now…
I still wake up early, but half the time I go back to bed until around 7:30. I also find that I’m doing less around the house. The chores I do take care of feel like they take a ton of effort, and I only work out 4 times a week. I feel like I’m losing steam.
I know that some of this is likely a bit of depression about the changes this virus has forced into our lives. Some of it is not having the ability to do much else.
But I am seriously concerned that the habits I’m developing now will last way longer than this virus. I fear that once the world begins to open up again, I’ll choose to keep myself closed.
This is not at all what I want to happen. I’ve worked too damn hard to get where I am and I would kick myself every day for the rest of my life if I let myself slide because of going through this rough patch. So, what do I do when I don’t want to do anything?
I complete my work… Even though my energy is lagging, I still have writing deadlines to meet. Taking care of my clients is a must. This is non-negotiable and one area that I refuse to let slide.
I create lists… If it weren’t for my to-do list on my calendar each day, I swear I wouldn’t even do simple things like take out the garbage and pick up the groceries. Knowing I have certain tasks that must be done keeps me doing them. It gives me a sense of purpose. I’ve even been known to write something on my calendar after I do it, just so I can cross it off.
I set a minimum… Though my workouts have dropped from 6-7 days a week to just 4, that is my absolute minimum. I’ve told myself that I refuse to work out any less than that. Which leads me to my next point.
I give myself some leeway… I may not be as productive as I was prior to the coronavirus hitting, but I am still getting things done. So, I give myself a little bit of slack. The other alternative is to beat myself up for not being “full steam ahead,” but that isn’t going to help anyone.
I challenge my perception… I’ve seen a few social media memes that say “You’re not stuck at home, You’re safe at home.” It’s funny how a little word change is enough to remind us that things aren’t always as bad as they may feel in the moment. Yes, things aren’t exactly as I’d like, but I’m healthy, my family is healthy, I’m still working, and I can stay in touch with loved ones with technology. It could definitely be much worse.
I do it anyway… In the end, even though I don’t feel like doing a lot of things, I do them anyway. Writing this blog is one. I could have easily erased this to-do item from my calendar today and gone back to bed, but I didn’t. I showed up because there may be one person today who benefits from reading this post. If that person is you, then I’m glad I got up. I’m glad I did what I needed to do…even if I didn’t exactly run to my computer to do it.
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