It almost feels as though our world is sort of opening up again. For now.
How very indefinite.
At any rate, prior to everything shutting down, perhaps you had some great pro-health habits in place to keep you feeling energized and happy. Or perhaps not.
While motivation can certainly get you started, the best way to stick with your habits is by having systems in place. The past year may have wiped out your anchor habits—those things you do without having to think about them.
Like making coffee first thing when you get out of bed, reading the newspaper, then showering to get ready to go to work.
Because maybe you had to stop GOING to work.
Here’s another example of an anchor habit in action: On the days you plan to work out, you have your gym bag by the front door, ready to go with you. By doing this, you can go straight from work to the gym without stopping at home. (Stopping at home could mean you don’t leave the building again.)
If you now work from home, or your gym has been closed—well, so much for that anchor.
For some, a new anchor habit has been created that includes a little too much wine, or too little home cooking.
Now is a great time to review your priorities and see what’s different for you. As you go through your day, are you engaging in the activities that are truly important? Don’t be surprised if things have shifted a bit.
Once you complete your review, look at how your old systems might work and if necessary, create new ones that support your life today.
If you need help creating a new plan, let’s talk.
On Being Still
In order to review your priorities, you’ll need to find time to be still. I understand what a challenge this can be.
This is important. A year ago, we were forced to be still. If you find yourself back on the merry-go-round, feeling as though you have no time, then you really need to do this.
Take 10 quiet minutes and simply BE. You might like it. You might gain some insights. You may hate it. Just try.
My Resident Rabbit
This furry little guy/gal (I wouldn’t know even if I could get a hold of it) has beheaded 4 of my tulips and demolished 2 strawberry plants. The fact that I have a dog doesn’t faze this wascally wabbit.
The Animal Stopper I use probably couldn’t endure all the rain. I’ve since reapplied.
While many flowers are safe for human consumption—nasturtiums, lavender, pansies, zucchini squash blossoms—bunny goes for my tulips every spring. Guess bunny knows I won’t be eating those.
Rabbit stew, anyone? Just kidding.
“The world’s just spinning
A little too fast
If things don’t slow down soon we might not last.
So just for the moment, let’s be still.”—The Head and the Heart, “Let’s Be Still”