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Importance of Creating Routines During Times of Uncertainty

Hiiiiddy Hoooo, fellow human!  Two weeks into quarantine, and who knows how many to go!  I wanted to reach out to connect with you, to keep in touch, to keep our connection going.  I attached a YouTube video that’ll hopefully make you LOL!  It did me.  Also, it’s a catchy beat, so maybe that’ll give you a pick-me-up, if nothing else.

I honestly can’t believe it has been two weeks I have been out of the office and doing this quarantine thing.  I know some of you may want to punch me through your computer when you read this, but it’s been a fast two weeks for me.  Now…that FIRST week was kinda brutal, so don’t hate me yet!  

I was listless, moving around the house trying to be productive, kind of getting stuff done, but kind of not.  It was a very low-level of productivity.  I didn’t have a schedule of any kind.  I was sleeping till I woke up, meditating waaay too late in the day, usually showering in the evenings, and not exercising at the same level.  Yes, I was going for long walks, but for me, I have to really get my heart rate up to mentally and physically feel better; shake out the cobwebs. I was also drinking about two cocktails a night compared to my one or none.  It was kind of fun.  I’m certainly not giving myself a hard time over it.  I’m just saying everything about my routine was different and it wasn't good for me.  

After about a week, I started feeling better.  I had also started working on getting myself into a routine.  Doing my meditation earlier in the day – I’m now back to doing it in the mornings like I usually do– taking showers earlier and sometimes putting regular clothes on instead of “workout" clothes.  I’m still doing the daily walks, but I’m back on the exercise train.  We have a little weight-lifting equipment and a Peloton in the basement I can use to get the job done.

My getting into a routine has helped me a lot.  My meditation almost always helps me feel better, but I found it key to do it the first part of the day so I could actually benefit from the uplifting results.  Not having a routine left me floating around, feeling uncertain and depressed.  I’ve also been focusing more on my coaching work and thinking about ways to up my game, which has given my mind something new and interesting to focus on.  There will be another email soon discussing some of that. Finding new interests, quarantine or not, is almost always invigorating.

By the way, I have heard a lot of you say over the years that you don't know how to meditate, that it's "impossible" or "too hard." Would any of you have interest in receiving some assistance with that? Actually learning how to meditate? Learning that it isn't IMpossible, that you don't have to sit and meditate for an hour at a time, that you don't have to get your mind completely silent to actually meditate? If you think you might like to learn, or already know that you absolutely do, please email me and let me know - sarah@sarahpryor.com. This might just be the perfect time to learn.

How are you feeling?  Have you been struggling with all this isolation, not to mention the money troubles some of you are having?  Did you struggle with finding a routine at first?  Have you found a routine at this point?  If so, has that helped you feel better?  What have you done to bring yourself up out of the bleakness?  Please share tips with how you’ve coped in the comments below.  I would love to hear them, and I’m sure others could benefit, too.  

I hope you are staying in, staying safe, and staying sane! Sending you MUCH LOVE!!!