It’s Monday. I know, that might be news to some of us who are living the #stayhome life right now and are completely out of our normal routine. I’m on day 12 of working from home and following the stay-home orders. This entire situation is weird and scary and nerve-wrecking to navigate.
I took a second this morning to remind myself that my CURRENT situation is one that I used to WISH for on the daily. I was working in the paper industry, which is a very demanding and aggressive workspace and it was taking its toll on me on a daily basis. So, to make light of the situation, I would always joke that I was going to quit and be a stay at home dog mom – so often so that my mom gifted me this cute sweatshirt.
During the last couple of weeks, I’ve really been trying to keep Dave and I’s current situation in perspective. In the grand scheme of things, we can’t control what comes in the next days and weeks, but we can control what our mindset is surrounding the present situation. And for me, I am literally living the life I used to wish for – #stayathomedogmom – and for that, I am blessed and grateful. I am also incredibly grateful for those of you working in the health industry, in the heart of all the chaos, to save lives and get us through this pandemic.
Each day, I am trying to focus on what positives can come from this situation. For me, that’s being able to re-purpose my normal commuting time to instead walk the dogs. I can find a new routine that fits this season while I am lucky enough to work from home – wake up and workout, finish a load of laundry or vacuum the floor between meetings. I can still control what I eat, how often I move my body, and how much more I can snuggle my pups.
Each day, I intentionally get outside – go for a walk, throw the ball for the dogs, go to the property – ANYTHING. I try to find some fun activity that is different than my normal workday routine – like shed hunting or catching tadpoles or letting the dogs spend a few extra minutes outside.
Each day, I choose to minimize the amount of time I absorb social media and news content. I choose to read about 1-2 articles per day and only watch the news when a