I hope everyone is doing well during these strange times we currently see ourselves in. Many of us are at home, either working or unfortunately unemployed, and perhaps restless with the change and uncertainty.
To better ground myself and keep moving forward, I’ve begun doing three quick things each day. They don’t take long, but their effects will be felt for a long time.
Read a Book
Now is a great time to pick up that book you’ve had stashed on your nightstand, or on top of your six foot to read pile (doesn’t everyone have one of these?).
You don’t have to read much. Maybe 1-2 pages, or an entire chapter if you’re feeling adventurous.
I’m currently reading Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn. The book is comprised of short articles only a few pages in length and is perfect for quick daily reading.
Ah, the dreaded E word, Exercise. It doesn’t have to be that way. Get your heart pumping for 20 minutes is the typical recommendation, but even just doing something for 5 minutes is better than sitting at a desk or on the sofa all day.
But I don’t know what to do, or don’t have any equipment. Here’s a few ideas:
- Do some jumping jacks and pushups
- Lift or hold a good sized book (maybe the one your currently reading everyday)
- Take a walk
A caveat here, listen to your body and physician and do what you are capable of. No need to hurt yourself. Just get moving.
Yes, this is the opposite of getting moving, but taking a few minutes each day sitting still can be helpful. This doesn’t have to be full on meditation practice. It can simply be sitting in a comfortable chair for two minutes not paying attention to anything other than your breathing.
In, then out.
Two minutes, that’s it.
Give it a try.
What Are You Doing?
Do you find yourself doing anything in particular during these times? New habits forming? I’d love to hear about them.
Until next time…