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  • Writer's pictureMarie @RedLotusFloat

20 things to do when the world is a little crazy.

I want to express my most sincere well wishes as we weather the crazy COVID-19 storm. While it was a difficult decision to temporarily close our doors, we believe #socialresponsibility has to come first. After all, we are in the business of enhancing and protecting your health, not endanger it!

On a lighter note, here is my list of helpful things to bring a sense of centeredness, connectedness, and peace during this stressful time.

1. Limit the news. It is essential to stay informed but just as critical to not get sucked up in the negativity.

2. Get up and get dressed, as if nothing has changed. Except where your comfy clothes, NOT to be confused with your pajamas.

3. Clean the house – Spring cleaning just a little early. I have certainly neglected some areas of my home – especially since I clean all day at the float.

4. #Purging – it is a great time to go through your cabinets, drawers, and closets and find those items that you aren’t using, but someone else might love. Get that donation pile ready!

5. Reconnect with a friend, video call them if you can.

6. Send out letters or greeting cards – the mail is still working for now. No stamps, make it an email.

7. Check on your elderly or compromised friends that cannot get out. Drop off care packages if possible. #Connect with them via phone or the internet.

8. #Read that book that has been sitting on your bedside table or check out audiobooks, magazines, and ebooks completely free online through the library. FYI – if you don’t have a library card, you can get one online! 😊

9. Watch some movies, ones that have been on your list for ages now or old classics.

10. Do some yard work, the sun is an excellent lifter of spirits.

11. Try a new recipe, get creative, especially if you have odd ingredients in the back of the pantry you want to get rid of.

12. Make a vision board, contemplate what you want your future to look like, and put it to paper.

13. Tackle some of those odd jobs around the house, you know the scuffed up paint, the squeaky door, etc.

14. Meditate. Try an app out if you need ideas on how to get started.

15. Take some time for you, a long bath, a walk, set outside, and watch the birds. This the perfect opportunity to contemplate all that you are grateful for.

16. Do something physical, a new yoga, Pilates, or aerobic routine. YouTube is fantastic for this! Start your own personal boot camp. This can be especially fun if you are at home with others.

17. Learn something new. Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? Research it and plan your fantasy vacation there. Learn a new language. Watch a documentary. What about physics, origami, knitting, Excel, philosophy, graphic design? Get creative, there is so much to learn, and now you have the free time to explore.

18. Take a virtual tour of famous museums or national parks.

19. Play board games with your family. One of my favorite memories revolves around a game that my brother and I made up when we were little, and the electricity was out. We entertained ourselves for hours with our ‘made up’ game and laughed about it often as adults.

20. Create a timeline of your life or even your ancestors. You can start by looking at life events since your birth using online tools or stick with your personal milestones like significant events, relationships, medical information, and school milestones. Have fun with it. I have definitely used a variety of sources to piece together my past.

This is just a list to get your juices going. Let me know what you would add or what your favorite one is.

Life rarely demands we slow down.

Let’s roll with it and enjoy what we can.

Hopefully, this will be behind us soon enough. Until then, let’s practice love and kindness to ourselves and others.

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