Before we get off on the wrong foot here – please stay home and stay safe… After a few meaningful conversations recently, I’m starting to understand the importance of making plans right now and how they’re the only way we’re going to survive this experience.
Start Making Plans
I’ve been catching up with more friends and family than normal these days. And more than anything else, I’ve heard how each day is the same ole, same ole. As of right now, we don’t all have a date of “release,” so we don’t have plans and days are melting together into a void of sorts.
It’s because of this somewhat monotony that we’re starting to go crazy. And don’t kid yourself, we’ve all had moments (plural) of losing it since mid-March.
What Kinds of Plans Can You Make?
There are two types of plans to make these days. The first are plans to get us through SIP. The second are plans for post-SIP!
Without realizing it, I think, my brother-in-law created the thing that has somehow kept me going for the last six weeks. I shared about his weekly KeVinyasa yoga classes in this post about 3 Things Getting Me Through These Days. The yoga is wonderful; familiar faces and voices are comforting; but the real thing helping me is that I get to look forward to it every week.
I’ve since started doing more of his yoga videos through the week, but it isn’t necessarily on a certain day or time. That Saturday class is guaranteed to happen Saturday mornings at 9:30am. This is something I don’t necessarily do any other day of the week; it’s unique – it’s special.
So do you need to start doing yoga every Saturday morning? I mean, you should – all this yoga has me feeling fabulous(er) – but, no, you don’t have to do yoga.
A Few Ideas
A special workout is certainly a great idea. Even just once per week and only 20-30 minutes – get something to look forward to.
Other ideas, however, include weekly calls with someone. My best friend and I rarely get to chat under normal circumstances, but 4 weeks running (or is it 5 or 6 now?) we have talked Friday morning for 30-40 minutes. We talk while we’re out walking and playing with our babies.
Maybe your call is in the evening. Maybe there are cocktails or cookies. Who knows!
Does it have to be social? Nope. Maybe you’re watercoloring on Thursday nights. Perhaps it’s letter writing on Monday afternoons. Face masking on Saturday mornings!
You also don’t have to do the same thing every week. Devote a certain time to do “you” and change the activity every week. My latest one? I decided to send out “holiday cards” to our family…
I never got to holiday cards last December, so they went out in May…and my family has been LOVING IT. Over the few days they received them, everyone was texting me that they were so happy for the surprise!
Long Term Plans to Make
So the second kind of plans to make are “plans” for after SIP. A friendly reminder here…SIP won’t last forever. We may be at home for a while, but remember this too shall pass! So let’s start getting creative about what we want to do after.
The best part about this is that you can solidify all those daydreams you’ve been having about what you’d be doing if… Are you dreaming of a road trip to the coast? A weekend in the mountains? Wine tasting? Spending time with that someone special?
Whatever those dreams of yours are – start planning them! Plans can happen without dates, so start working on them. Select where you’d go; how you’d get there; and some special details you can really latch on to. And start looking forward to them.
If Tuesday looks like Saturday looks like Thursday, then soon the weeks mesh together, the months lose shape, and we’re just swimming in an abyss of time here and we just don’t have to be.
While we can’t have the plans and structure we’d like these days, making plans however we can is absolutely essential!