Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our day to day routines that we forget how to be innovative in our own lives. In light of COVID-19, we’re having to do many things differently. Our homes have systems and processes that need to be accomplished in different ways. I personally have my own habits and activities that work for me.
I know what time to hit the gym so that there are still open treadmills, what months my yoga class will be packed and I have to get there extra early (hello January – March!), even what day to grocery shop to ensure my favorite foods are in stock. Well, there’s no gym, yoga class, or even normal grocery shopping right now. Gym equipment is all but a petri dish for bacteria, congregating in a small hot sweaty yoga studio surely is not wise, and shoppers are clearing grocery shelves before stores can even get them stocked. So now, I workout outside on the trail near my house, do Yoga With Adriene on YouTube, and commit to grocery pickup and delivery as my contribution to social distancing.
Consistencies I used to count on are hair appointment on some Fridays, kids’ sports on Saturday, church and groceries Sunday, work Monday through Friday, emergency grocery trips Wednesday and/or Thursday, and repeat. How can we move to a place of acceptance when our routines get disrupted? We forget to ask ourselves how can we do things better? How can we live better for ourselves? How can we serve others better or differently? Where are we wasting time? Answer the important questions and embrace the new reality.
It’s never too late to make changes in our lives, especially when it is required like right now. I help ladies restore balance and reverse burnout in the Wellthy Academy and would love to dive into specific wellness and life management strategies with you. It often takes a major unexpected event to get us to re-examine ourselves. Time to do life differently.
That’s really the key to weathering COVID-19. Ride it out by doing things differently and embracing change. Let’s celebrate what we call in B-school “process innovation” and tackle these hurdles as inspiring challenges. Let’s take on change as an opportunity to protect ourselves and our families. It’s all about perspective. Keep your glass half full. Join me to talk more about this on Live Well, the podcast. Chat soon.