By now I am sure many of you have been inundated with the rules of quarantine. And by that I mean a slow and steady trickle from experts you’ve never heard of before, internet gurus, and self-proclaimed blue ribbon business owners, life coaches, and social media marketers wanting you to listen in and give their methods a try.
Here’s what they have to say…
Be productive, now is the time to grow.
Be mindful, don’t put pressure on yourself.
Learn a new skill, don’t take this slow-down for granted.
Self-care, plan activities to rejuvenate yourself and your mind.
Be realistic, but don’t allow that to stifle your dreams.
Eat healthy, stress affects your immune system.
Treat yourself, eat what you want, but with moderation and care.
Help your kids learn, complete the virtual learning from instructors bogging your inbox.
Don’t worry about your kids missing out, they need you right now to grow through this.
Keep your kids on track with school; these are good life lessons.
Finish those projects, now is a time to get ahead while you are inside.
Leave the projects, now is a time to focus on you, on wellness, and keeping stress in check.
Realize the world will never be the same, don’t let that affect you.
Plan for when things go back to normal, now is the time to forge a new path.
So, in summary…do this, but not too much…its ok, but not ok…try that, but don’t dive in…it matters, but it doesn’t.
This noise is enough to make any person dealing with the outside world in a positive and healthy way go off the deep end. In the end, this ‘help’ isn’t helpful at all. It leaves people to question their sanity and their way of doing things, compare their lives to that of others, and feel like they come up short in every aspect.
That brings me to this…pandemic or no pandemic…I stand by my original…YOU DO YOU. Whether that means you are productive or not. And I’m not talking about just making feel-good decisions so you can pacify the time or ignore the world around you. But rather do what you need to do right now to be ok. Fall back on extra grace, give that to those around you, and by all means make sure you give that to yourself first.
If you want to learn something new, go for it! If you need to chill, do it! If your kids need a day off from virtual school, take it! If you need chocolate, eat it! If you want to work out, lift it! If you need to know all the things, research it! If you have to or need to or want to work, clock it! If social media is driving you mad, hibernate! If you need to feel heard, reach out!
I’ll be over here doing just that. And, in the middle of it having good and bad days, difficult and easy moments, sad and happy times, and practicing a lot, and I mean A LOT, of grace.
I am giving myself more grace than ever and working on things ever so slowly. Which means while juggling kiddos, projects are taking more than a hot minute to complete.
One project I finished was this mini-book wall. If you have wanted to try one, you can head to my Instagram page, and click BOOK WALL on the highlight reel. It will give you a mini-tutorial so that you can do your own. This would also be super adorable in a playroom or child’s room using colorful books too…if any of my local friends want help with one when this is over, I’m your gal! And, if you just want to pacify the time by watching it, or skip by entirely, that’s ok too. Because, the whole point is to just have YOU DO YOU.
Stay well and Stay…In The Moment,
Jennifer Kalista is the face behind In The Moment Restorations offering everything from the likes of design services and paint color recommendations, to custom furniture restoration and handpicked home decor, lifestyle goods, apparel and more.