Yeah, right! How do I organize my life when I’m smack dab in the middle of chaos?
I can help you out, here! First, you must be gentle with yourself and know that you may not be able to bite off too much right now. My motto is to start out slowly and develop a reasonable routine that doesn’t stray far from your normal routine when you were at your workplace.
I can write an exhaustive “how to” or give examples on what to do first, but I want you to think about what would help you keep a good frame of mind. In other words, if you were to hit the restart button each day, what daily routines might work best for you and your family?
Keep in mind, that we all tend to be creatures of habit. What daily habits serve you best that you can continue with some consistency? For me, my day needs to start with a bit of quiet time and at least two cups of coffee. Though I’d like to sleep in a bit later, I do know that this would throw my previous daily routine off.
So, I keep my daily coffee habit in check–before anyone wakes up! This gives me time to find the quiet space within and feel a few moments of peace. If this wasn’t part of your daily routine, perhaps you can incorporate it, now. Instead of grabbing that coffee on the way to work, you can enjoy it quietly and uninterrupted.
Secondly, though I prefer to sit in my p.j.’s all day, a nice warm shower always revitalizes me and helps me to wake up. Others may find this part of their routine at night. Whatever works! I’ve made it part of my mindful meditation to incorporate gratitude while showering. This incorporates an additional piece of self-care. For example, if one is feeling anxiety, you might say, “As this warm and refreshing water soothes me, let my feelings of anxiety, wash away.” Gratitude statements put us in a better frame of mind. It’s a small habit and when followed consistently transmutes your negative feelings to positive ones.
“Do your job.” It’s difficult getting used to working from home. There’s lots of distractions from your own thoughts spinning, to the dogs barking, the cat laying on your keyboard, and of course, the kids if you’re a parent. I find that taking frequent movement breaks and check-ins with the family helps make a more productive worktime. I’d say it’s reasonable to get up or stop what you’re doing at your computer, every 15-20 minutes. At least, that’s what has kept me sane.
I’ve found that trying to sit for more than an hour is counterproductive. My body starts to ache, kids are tugging, the dog needs to be let out, etc. I’m beginning to find my groove as the days have passed, in terms of “things to do” while taking breaks throughout the workday. Check out my “Habits” blog for ideas.
Most importantly, don’t neglect your spiritual connection. This is the time to either initiate or rejuvenate that part of you that is alive! It’s what fosters creativity, healing, compassion, patience, etc. Again, check out my “Vibration” blog for ways to nurture your spirit and those of others around you.