IT IS OK TO NOT BE OK!!
We were not created to be isolated, so that is why this season of COVID-19 is so hard.
The Bible actually warns against it:
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12
Do you feel like you are being overpowered?
This week I have felt the feeling of - I'm not ok.
So I stopped and thought about my actions and evaluated what I was feeling.
Here are some things I discovered:
1. There is a grieving process we have to allow ourselves to go through.
Things are changing and we will never go back to the way it was. Sometimes that is a hard reality. It is like 911 only more far-reaching around our world. Our world did change after 911. It never went back to what we knew.
However, change can make us stronger and better.
I did a sermon at one of our Sisterhood Nights and I talked about change and how to handle it. So just put it on and listen to it. It will help give you a new perspective. Click here to listen.
2. I realized I had stopped exercising.
When we started having to stay in our homes, I was exercising every day. This week I haven't been as consistent. Maybe because I have been feeling down. But I have to push through the blues and at least do something. I know that it will help with the stress and the things that cause me to be down.
Many times when I am exercising, I listen to a sermon, worship or life-giving music. I was missing that as well. So even if you can't exercise one day, make sure you are listening (and singing) to some uplifting music. As you are cleaning, doing chores or just sitting, put on a sermon or podcast that will encourage you.
3. I was the most unfocused I have been since COVID-19 started.
I decided to do a brain dump. Here is a step-by-step:
Step One - Get a piece of paper or a note on your phone, and jot down everything that is swirling around in your brain that needs to get done. Every time you think, "I need to clean that out" or "I need to do _________" write it down on your brain dump list.
Step Two - From your list, pick the top 3 things that you would like to get done today. Pick one thing that if you got it done, it would give you some momentum. Something you have been procrastinating. Many times, if you get this one thing done, it takes such a weight off of you that you have the energy to get more done and enjoy doing it.
Step Three - Make an "it would be nice if I got these things done" list. You can assign them a day. If they get done in 2 days or next week, it would be fine.
Step Four - Last but not least, mark an end to your workday. Whether you want to finish at 5pm or 8pm, jot that down. (Be honest with yourself). When 4:30pm comes around, it will speed you up because you know at 5pm you are stopping. Even if you stop at 5pm and work again from 8-9pm. You know you have fun free time.
I did a FB Live about this and how to stay focused. Matt joined me, so there were definitely some fun elements. LOL!
As I started to implement these self-care routines back into my week, I have felt my spirit and energy lift.
And if you know somebody who is down and struggling, send them this blog and let it encourage them.