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Five reasons 2: Get Up, Dress Up and Show Up……..even during times of Social Distancing.

Sitting at home all day, everyday, it is all too easy to lose any semblance of normality in our lives. As our ‘house arrest’ turns from days into weeks — and scarily — weeks into months, it is becoming more and more likely that we find ourselves in varying states of fear, complacency, lethargy and downright laziness.

With no a.m. or p.m., week days or weekends, only day after day of isolation — it is easy to lose our sense of self, sense of structure and sense of sanity!

Which is why it is more important than ever to — Get Up, Dress Up and Show Up — every single day.

Us humans like routine. Whether we want to admit it or not, we do! We sit in the same seat, both at home and at the office, day after day, year after year. We eat the same meals, we watch the same TV shows, we use the same airlines, the same brand of dishsoap, we do the same work-outs, and we read books by the same authors.

We are creatures of habit.

As much as we complain about our ‘boring’ routines under normal (remember normal?) circumstances, it is at times like these we realise that this very thing, our ‘boring’ routine, is what keeps us on track.

It is this sense of ‘normality’ that keeps us going, day after day, week after week. And our plans, our plans for today, tomorrow, Passover, Easter, an upcoming family celebration or a trip we are taking — those are what keep us motivated.

And suddenly………just like that, our plans and our routine, our ‘normality’ the structure of our lives has been yanked out from under us. And here we are, left feeling lost and anxious, drifting in the uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring.

It’s time to take back our control. It’s time to bring some ‘normality’ back to our lives and create a routine that works with the ‘new world’ rules of social separation and Covid 19.

#1:Set your alarm — get up at the same time everyday!

Now, this is good advice for ‘normal’ life too, but it is all too easy, under the current circumstances to pull the duvet over your head and tell yourself ‘just another five minutes is fine. I’ve got all day’. It’s not.

Set your alarm and get up. Start your day!

#2:Take a shower (or bath) — sounds obvious?

Is there any reason to bother these days? Why would you? It’s not as if you are going to bump into anyone or have any unexpected visitors.

No one can smell you over Zoom or FaceTime!

But seriously, take a shower. Wake yourself up. Let the hot water wash away some of the stress and anxiety we are all feeling from this ‘invisible enemy’, and set you up with a positive mindset, ready to tackle the day.

You will feel better — and smell better! I promise.

#3:Exercise –your body!

Depending on where you live, there are different levels of access to outside spaces. If you can, take a walk. Walk around your neighbourhood, smile and wave at passers by. Have human contact without physical contact — just seeing other people makes this whole experience feel, well, just a little less ‘apocalyptic’.

If you can’t get out, do some stretching at home.

There are also a gazillion on-line classes being offered for free right now. You can use household items as tools too, a can of beans or a bag of sugar as weights, a broom or mop for a bar, use the stairs instead of a stairmaster, jog on the spot, or jump rope if you have one.

No excuses. There is always a way!

#4:Exercise — your mind.

Stop watching (or reading) the news — all day, every day — do something productive instead. If you are amongst the 16 million people in the U.S. alone, that has been laid off or furloughed, this forced stay at home time is no doubt a shock. Or maybe it feels like a much needed vacation? Either way — don’t languish in front of the TV. Use this time to better yourself — read a great book, research a trip you want to take in the future, check out a new blog, take an online course, learn a language, or new skill. Anything.

Although it might feel like it, the world hasn’t actually ended.

We will all be going back to ‘some kind’ of normality eventually — either returning to, or looking for, work — so use this time to your advantage, not to your detriment.

Keep your mind active!

#5:Make plans…

We all need something to look forward too! Now, more than ever, it is important to put yourself out there. Those excuses of “I’m too busy” are no longer valid for the majority of us. Most of us have more time on our hands than ever — so make plans.

Schedule calls with family. Plan a virtual happy hour with friends over Zoom. Throw a virtual House Party! Think differently. Think outside the box — in fact get outside the box!

We have so much technology at our fingertips there is no excuse not to make plans and socialize, even if it is virtually!

And when you do make those plans — make an effort!

Put some clothes on. Especially for those video calls, lol — but seriously, don’t just sit there in your stained t–shirt and sweatpants, messy hair etc. Don’t let yourself down, just because you are stuck at home.

Pull out a nice sweater or top, comb your hair, spray some perfume or cologne. Do it for you — you are worth the effort!

This virus may have taken away our liberty but it doesn’t have to take our dignity too!

Stay healthy, happy and home!

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