I woke up this morning with “It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)” by R.E.M. in my head, and it completely sums up how I am feeling today.
I am trying to go about my life right now, as if nothing has changed. Even though it has.
The world has changed. And I must change with it.
So, this week, my company moved everyone to work from home to follow social distancing advice. And I love working from home. Love it! As an introvert, I love the quiet time and the ability to work mostly uninterrupted. But I found out that I like many others, work more when I am working from home, and this can be quite a hard habit to break.
I also know a lot about myself when I am home vs. when I am out in the world.
- I eat differently, less fresh, and more packaged. (I know that shouldn’t be the case, but it is).
- I don’t exercise as much. I am horrible at it. Usually, at the office, I walk to and from bus stops and take a walk around the building during the day. As well as going to see people at their desks and walking around the office. My step count went from 8000 steps on a day at the office to 5000 steps at home. Ugh.
- I sleep different hours. No commute means I can sleep later, right?! And concern about friends and family is causing anxiety that is keeping me from sleeping well.
So, all the things a “going to work” routine creates in my life kinda get thrown out the window when I work at home.
And if you do this just one day a week, it isn’t too impactful to your life. Do it every day, and it becomes significantly impactful.
My routines are impacted in other ways too. I grocery shop weekly and often don’t keep a lot of extra stuff on hand. My house is small, and storage space is an issue. I tried to do my regular weekly shopping yesterday, and at 7:30 am when there usually are just a few people in the store, there were lines down the aisles to check out. It was quite crazy.
So, how am I coping with all these changes to routine that are likely to last for weeks?
- I am promising myself that I will schedule time to get out of the house and take a walk. Everyday! At least one-half hour to get fresh air and to get my eyes of a computer screen and get away from the responsibilities of the office.
- I am planning on checking in with my people more often. Being an introvert makes that hard for me, but I am going to try.
- I bought more fresh food at the grocery store yesterday (there was more than you would think), and I am really going to try to spend some more time cooking. This is another activity that will get me away from my computer/screens, and it will be good for my body.
- Finally, I am going to try to do some more fun stuff in my house that I really enjoy. Watch a few shows I have been putting off, read a little more often, pick up the knitting/crochet again. I have not been doing these things because of work and commuting, so it is time to get back to working on them.
I am trying to stay positive about the whole thing and relish this opportunity to focus on improvements I can make in my life. They say it only takes a month of repetition daily to form a good habit. Hopefully, once I get back into an office setting, I can continue these new habits.
And for those of you who cannot work from home or who are on the front lines of all this craziness in one way or another: Thank You for all that you are doing to keep our world in working order, and for taking care of those who need help the most. You guys are my heroes!
I hope that everyone who reads this is staying safe and healthy. I would love to know what has changed in your world as we move through this pandemic and what you are doing to cope. Let me know in the comments below or hit me up on social media. Let’s take care of each other in this trying time!