The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.Leo Tolstoy
In this hard times (I am trying really hard not to use the word ‘unprecedented’), people all over the world have been presented with the same problems. It has probably not happened in any of our lifetimes. We are all made to stay safe at home to avoid congregating in person. A result being many businesses suffering, some businesses thriving, many people complaining, some people peacefully waiting.
I have an online handmade business, which has been going as normal at this stage. I am not going out anymore, no gyms, no running (I am limiting it to 3 days a week), I do get more hours in the evenings and weekends to work on it. So we may say we have been presented with a lot of downtime.
Instead of blaming the system, governments, law makers, regulators, country, whatever it may be, use this time productively. Here are some easy ideas to help:
- Stop the negative thoughts – if you fall into any of the following categories, you still have a job, you have the option of working from home, you have a hobby that lets you spend time at home, you have kids and/or partner, you have access to warm shower, clean water, food, be grateful. Write down what you are grateful for every single morning.
- Read – you’ve been given the time that you didn’t think you have. Use it to read the books on the list you made. PS if you don’t have a list yet, make one – here is a free downloadable PDF.
- Take rest – use this time to look after your body. Take rest.
- Make memories – let’s face it, this type of lockdown is definitely one for the history books. Write what you did and how you made memories with your family that will be passed down generations.
- Find humour – I have been guilty of scrolling endlessly through social media for hours at end this weekend. Some of the humour I’ve found on them have been really good and make us laugh so much during this time.
- Adapt – We have the beautiful gift of technology and internet at our fingertips to still be connected to everyone around us. Support local businesses and adapt to the new way of doing things.
- Make a plan – If this current situation is affecting your plan to work towards your dreams, how can you change it to still work (adapt). If that’s still not possible, plan for when all of this is over.
I don’t want to say that this is a ‘hard’ time, because it really is not. We just need a little perspective. All we need to do is be safe inside the comforts of our house. We ALL miss going out and travelling and going to the beach and playing outside. But this moment deserves our isolation more than ever.
We are all in this together!