We officially survived our first week of life at home and what a whirlwind it has been! Emotionally, mentally, creatively… we are coping the best we can and adjusting to this “new normal.”
We thought we would share a few things that we have implemented that have been helping us through this unprecedented time.
“Shift, don’t quit!“
This is our new mantra. While this month/week haven’t gone quite as we had planned, we didn’t quit… we simply had to shift. Shifting our mindset and how we handled tasks. Some of us are now homeschool teachers, others are used to working from an office and now we are working from a home office complete with toddlers that need to be entertained.
Whatever your shift has been, don’t let it discourage you. While it might not be a lot, take some comfort in knowing we are literally ALL in this together, and we are all figuring this out together… watching it unfold as it happens in real time.
Take breaks, breaths, and take in some sunshine. Run around the yard with the kids, take as many breaks as you need, whatever it takes to recharge yourself… do that! Self-care (mental and physical) have never been so important.
Limit your news intake. We know, it’s easier said than done but sometimes you just need to be a little less informed. Having the news on in the background all day long can be counter-productive and anxiety-inducing… we’ve found taking a small step back from ALL the information helped us focus more on everything we needed to accomplish during the day.
Avoid snacking all day. It’s hard. Especially when you aren’t used to being at home and suddenly you set up shop in your kitchen and you’ve had three different types of breakfasts before 11 am… but if you stick to your normal routine as much as possible you’ll feel better.
Wake up early. This applies to those of that have small children who do not allow us to work during the normal working day. Waking up and getting your “to-do” list done before the rest of your family wakes is so incredibly satisfying and also allows you start your day feeling extra-accomplished. And if a work crises should pop up (and your children allow it) you can promptly address the issue instead of having it interrupt your to-do list.
Unplug. Yes, UNPLUG. Set boundaries for your work hours and your home life. Turn your phone on silent and enjoy some quality family time, a long bath, or a glass of wine. Whatever makes you happy… do that but unplug while you do it and really savor those moments!
Reach out for comfort when you need it. If you’re feeling lonely, sad, scared… reach out to loved ones! They are probably feeling the same way and a quick FaceTime call might be just what you both needed! Even a quick “how are you holding up?” text can do wonders in making someone feel like they aren’t alone in this!
We are sending so much love to our Myrtle Beach community. We know we will get through this together, the support our town has shown small businesses in this past week has been so heart-warming to witness and a big indicator Myrtle Beach will be back and better than ever as soon as this season has passed!