The current circumstances of the world seem chaotic. Isn’t it ironic that although chaos is often associated with something that is moving or happening quickly, is messy, and is disorganized, yet at this time we are all slowing down our lives, staying inside, and taking things slow?
If that’s the case, then where is the chaos coming from? Because we are all social-distancing by staying home and waiting for this pandemic to pass.
The chaos, my friend, is coming from our thoughts. Some of you are worried about your health, some of you are worried about money, some of you are at home with kids, some of you are alone, some of you are afraid, some of you are panicked, some of you are frustrated, some of you are relaxed, some of you are calm, and some of you are enjoying spending time at home.
The virus is the same, yet all of us are experiencing different emotions. Why is that?Ding ding!Our thoughts.
And whatever you’re feeling my friend, it is 100% valid. Whether you’re panicked or calm or frustrated or relaxed, they are all 100% valid emotions. If anyone tells you that it’s wrong to be afraid or that you shouldn’t be relaxed because there’s a pandemic out there and it’s selfish to relax, look the other way.
Start by believing and admitting that your emotions at this time are absolutely valid and you shouldn’t feel guilty or ashamed.
We need to remember that our brains were meant for survival. The brain is always looking for danger or signs of danger so that it can protect you and keep you alive. And it’s doing its job amazingly well. So when you turn on your television and watch the news about the virus, your brain picks up all the information that has signs of danger so that it can protect you. And this, my friend, causes panic, worry, anxiety, and any other negative emotion you’re experiencing.
I don’t mean to go off on a tangent but I did want to let you know and help you understand that you’re panicking because your brain is doing its job at protecting you even when you’re not in danger and that you can let your brain know that you don’t have to worry.
The next time you feel worried or stressed, take a look at your thoughts. What thoughts are you thinking that is causing you to feel the emotion of worry or anxiety or panic? And ask yourself if that thought is serving you. If not, it has no place in your mind.
The second thing I want to offer to you to consider is that you can control and decide how the next few months go for you.Yes, even though we’re in the middle of a pandemic, you can 100% use this time intentionally the way you want without an ounce of guilt or worry.
Now that we have an understanding of how your thoughts are responsible for our emotions, let’s take a look at what are some of the things you can do during the quarantine. (P.S. watching Netflix and catching up on your shows is 100% okay. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise).
1. Dive deep into personal development and mindset work:
Here’s what I strongly believe and know to be true from my experiences: Your mindset and the way you think about things is what always determines whether or not you’ll be successful at that particular task. Always.
Not to sound cliche, but a positive mindset is what works wonders not just in a pandemic but also in every other aspect of your life.
If you’ve ever been inspired to transform your mindset, now is the time. Quarantine is perfect for this because we are left alone with our thoughts. We can’t buffer or ignore them by going to the movies or going drinking or shopping or anything else.
We are now more aware of our thoughts than ever. So grab this opportunity and make the best of it.
Observe your thoughts, my friends. The best way to do so is to brain dump every morning or just before you go to bed. Set a time for 10-15 minutes and just let your words flow.Keep writing and empty all your thoughts in your journal for those 10-15 minutes.
Once you’re done writing, observe, and be curious about your thoughts. These thoughts don’t have to be about the virus. They can be about something completely unrelated like your business or relationships or kids or anything else.
Be curious about your thoughts, ask yourself why you think so, and if those thoughts are serving you. If not, it’s time to gently loosen the thought and let go of it.
I love this exercise because you see immediate results. The moment I let go of the old thought and sometimes replace it with a positive thought that serves me, I can see the results throughout the day. You will be blown away and find evidence of instances where the old thought did not serve you.
An example is when I was doing a brain dump and one of my thoughts was that I can never make enough money blogging because I never have made that much money online before. I blew my mind when I let go of this and replaced it with a thought that served me: Babies don’t know how to read. Imagine if they refused to learn how just because they had never done it before! Not having done it before is never a good reason to not try.
This new thought gave me instant results because as I practiced believing it, I got more blogging work done in a day than I would in a week and I was able to monetize it!
Try this out, lovebug. It is life-changing.
2. All the things you’ve wanted to do but didn’t have time for:
i) If you’ve always wanted to de-clutter and clean your house, now’s the time to do so! Start cleaning out your wardrobe and getting rid of the clothing items you no longer want. Pick a small section every day and clean or go all in by spending a few hours every day. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out Muchelleb’s 30 days to simplify your life challenge which is all about decluttering your physical and mental space.
ii) If you’ve always wanted to get fitter, create an at-home workout plan for 30 days. If you’re looking for inspiration, check out Chloe ting’s YouTube channel. She has amazing at-home workouts as well as workout challenges when you’re up for it!
iii) Have you always wanted to learn French? Well, what are you waiting for, ma chérie? Now’s the time! Get the Duolingo app or Italki or a YouTube video and start today.
iv) If you want to learn a new skill, the internet is your oyster, BFF (I’ve considered us as virtual BFFs by now). Seriously, head over to Skillshare or YouTube and search your topic. You’re going to be blown away by how much content you have available and by the end of this quarantine, you would have mastered or enjoyed a new skill!
vi) If you want more structure, create morning and evening routines for yourself. Design and live your mornings exactly the way you want. There has never been a better time to do this. When else are you going to get weeks or months off like this? Even if you’re working from home like I am, you most likely have more hours than you usually would so put them to use to live your perfect mornings.
vii) Always wanted to explore yoga? Find Yoga with Adrienne on YouTube. She has the most amazing yoga flow routines for beginners, intermediates, and experts! Also, if you’re looking to master one yoga pose at a time, she’s your girl for that too (check out her oldest videos for this).
viii) Have you been wanting to try something new and positive and inspiring? Go on Pinterest and look up some 30-day challenges or make your own!
x) Have you always wanted to write a book? Create your first draft, amigo. Or search for how to write a book and take your first step. Who better than you to write a book on that topic? And what’s a better time than now? Just take the first step and get started
xi) Lastly, want to do nothing and just relax? You do that, lovebug! You can 100% choose to use this time as a break and relax and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you’ve been wanting to give yourself a break, intentionally decide to take one so that you can enjoy it guilt-free.
Let your body wake up when it wants, stretch, make yourself a breakfast you’d enjoy, catch-up on your Netflix shows, read the books you’ve always wanted to read, video-call, and catch up with family and friends or even put your phone aside and enjoy your alone time. Have a self-care month or week or 10 days or however long you want to and take care of yourself.
I once again want to stress on the point that at the end of this quarantine, the goal is for you to think “I made it through this pandemic and I utilized my time well”.That doesn’t necessarily mean being productive. You can choose to do any of the above including giving yourself a break and enjoying this time inside if that’s what you want.
As long as you decide what to do intentionally, you can do so guilt-free! Enjoy your time, my friend 😀
3. Fall in love with yourself:
Excuse me, you supercaligragistically awesome human?No, seriously, you reading this, you. You are LITERALLY made of stardust, you beautiful being, you!
You know when some stars near the end of their lives, it’s through a massive cosmic explosion called the supernova. This explosion produced elements like iron that your body is made of. So most of the elements in your body were literally formed in stars.
I think that’s enough reason for you to fall even more in love with yourself.
You are made up of something breath-taking and powerful. And now you have this time to explore yourself and fall in love.
Use this time to explore who you really are and your most authentic self when there’s no one around to judge. What are your likes and dislikes? What do you enjoy doing the most?
What kind of person do you want to be? Someone who is kind yet fierce. Someone who can light up a room with their smile? Someone completely badass who lives life to the fullest? Someone who travels the world? Someone so passionate and generous? Someone who plans family game nights?
What kind of a friend/parent/partner do you want to be? What kind of life do you want to live? What do you love about yourself? What excites you? What are your dreams?
There is so much to learn, explore, and love about yourself. You can also create a vision board to get inspired. The vision board can depict the kind of life you want to live, the kind of person you want to be, and include everything you want in life. It’s a visual inspiration that will continue to inspire and motivate you long after quarantine too.
And don’t forget that you’re made up of stars. You’re meant to dream big and live a fuller and bigger life. Go after those dreams and start today because there is no better time!
That’s everything I have for you today, lovebug!Stay safe and come out of this quarantine knowing you used your time intentionally.
As always, you can always reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the comments below for any questions, messages, stories, or even to just say hi!
I love hearing from you and I will always reply to you personally.