Hindsight is 20/20: Staying Intentional During the Unknown
As we continue to navigate a less “new” and more “normal” normal, it’s important to stay mindful as we round the corner into fall. The days that once dragged on in March are now flying by in September. For better or worse, spending so much time social distancing has given me time to reflect on self-care and improvement.
As unbelievable as it may seem, we’ve been working from home for more than six months now. And whether all the days in between are dragging or flying, these are three things I’ve found have helped me get through.
Give yourself a social (media) distancing
Being homebound made it easy to spend more time online and work on my finger scroll muscles. Social media in general saw an increase in user activity, so it’s nice to know I wasn’t alone.
However, I found taking a break from the 2020 memes and politically charged content has been refreshing. Try disconnecting for a week or turning off those notifications, it may surprise you how easy it is. If you must check your phone to feed your social phobia anxiety, get an app where you learn something new — it feels rewarding. I downloaded a language app, Duolingo, to brush up on my college Spanish.
Plan a road trip
We are all living, working and spending our weekends in the same space, or small bubble. A change of scenery to somewhere new can instantly boost your mood. There is no secret this year that RV sales have boomed (even brands are hopping on the trend by joining the RV parks), car manufacturers have been capitalizing on road trip ads, and people have been intentionally looking to the road for an escape.
Remote work does not mean we don’t need a break. Being able to use those vacation days and planning a getaway, safely, satisfies the itch to get out. Whether it’s camping or renting, it will rejuvenate some of the normalcy we all crave. If it isn’t possible to travel, you can always explore a new place to hike or spend time outside. Being in nature can be just the mental reset you need. I find using Alltrails, a hiking app, a great tool to find new places to explore locally or wherever the road takes you.
As hard as creating a routine can be, I have found meditating and reflecting in the morning keeps my days aligned with both my work and life goals. Whether it’s spiritual, meditative, or truly just shedding the noise of everyday for a quick 30 minutes, it really helps ground your mind in what truly is important. There are tons of resources out there to help introduce this into your daily life. When days are filled with unknown anxieties, a daily reset rooted in gratitude helps change the perception of what we don’t have to what we have gained during this year. Every morning (ok, most mornings) I write down three things daily that I am thankful for; from a good cup of coffee, to a new baby joining the family. Focusing on what isn’t wrong aids in cultivating joy on a daily basis.
Social distancing won’t last forever, it will only be a memory we all will collectively share. Be mindful of your actions, and don’t catch yourself looking back saying “hindsight is 2020.”