Staying at home is the right thing to do right now but what are Ways To Stay Positive? Here’s what’s working for me, family and friends.
Staying Positive While Staying Home
1. Get Some Exercise
Take a walk or run if you can. I take Chief out for a walk in the morning and Howard and I are taking an additional walk before dinner. Below is a photo from a hike in L.A. that our son sent us.
Work on your core. Doing “planks” doesn’t require extra equipment. Here are more core workouts.
2. Limit The News
Don’t make the mistake of leaving the news on all day. That will make your environment stressful. Limit it to an hour or so in the morning or evening. Play music and light a candle or diffuser.
3. Get Dressed And Put On A Little Makeup
Yesterday, I stayed in workout clothes all day…no makeup and finally took a shower before bed. Today, I feel happier dressed comfortably and with a bit of makeup and perfume even though I’m “sheltering in place.”
4. Move Around While Working From Home
Change locations at home if you can. With my laptop, I move from my office to the living room. My husband alternates between the dining room table and the desk area in our bedroom.
5. Be Kind
We had to cancel our trip to Tenessee (and Dollywood) to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 90th birthday. We could have lost our deposit with Smokey Mountain Vacation Cabins but they gave us a full refund and this message: “This is a very difficult time for all, but the most important thing, we always strive to give our guests a happy experience, even under difficult circumstances. Your mom’s and your family’s health is first and foremost.” ~Soley & Grace
From Sheila Pierce’s blog post she quotes the words of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky:
“Every hand that we don’t shake must become a phone call that we place. Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern. Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.”
Explore the books you already own. I have lots of design and cookbooks that I’d love to peruse with a cup of tea. And I found some good classics on our shelves that I could crack open. Do you have books that you haven’t looked at in a while?
Control what you can by organizing…I’m just doing a drawer a day. I’ve only done my jewelry, my underwear, and scarf/belt drawers so far. But it’s so pleasant opening those! In fact, Nordstrom is having a sitewide sale so now is the time to buy new underwear. I like this comfortable Natori bra.
I try to keep my closet fairly edited…but I want to try Allison Bornstein’s Five-Step System.
8. Stay In Touch
Telephone a few people every day…hearing a loved one’s voice is positive energy. Thank you, Janice, for calling this morning–it made my day 🙂
Cindy, Annie and I have conference calls. It’s easy with an iPhone…you just press “merge calls.” We were discussing if we should still have Project Design: Spring Brunch planned for in two weeks. Since we have gotten comments that blogs are a positive diversion…we will keep it on the schedule but in the context of our situation.
We have received some funny texts like:
9. Decorate Your “Shelter In Place”
How about re-doing your bookshelves? Step By Step BOOKSHELF Styling Tips Before and After and Project Design: Easy Steps to Style Your Shelves.
Those are nine ways to stay positive. What are some of yours?
Don’t forget to read Reinventing Closets: Beverage Center And Powder Room in case you missed it!