As I write this, most of the human population is isolated at home. Of course, there are medical personnel, police, and emergency personnel busy responding to the ill. We appreciate so much their efforts during this time and thank them from the bottom of our hearts. But if you’re one of 7.5 plus billion people stuck at home we urge you to use this time wisely.
The most important thing to realize, especially right now, is that what you feed into your mind dramatically alters how you think. How you think then determines what you do. What you do determines your habits. And your habits determine your outcome. We have an unprecedented opportunity right now to create new habits. Habits that we don’t normally have time to create. Each of us can choose to come out of this rare time in human history as better people. Or, each of us can choose to wallow in our mire and not. The choice is ours!
It’s ironic, even funny to me, that many people complain during normal times of being too busy and not having enough time to do the things they want. Yet now that we are isolated at home, I see good friends of mine complaining on Facebook of being bored. Some are going “stir crazy”. Personally, I am as busy as I’ve always been. Perhaps even more.
Your Nature Can Be Changed by Nurture
I am one of those people that choose to look for the opportunity in everything. Part of looking at things this way comes from nature. I am inherently wired this way. But part of it also comes from nurturing my mind over the years. There were habits and behaviors that I grew up with that were hurting me and affecting the outcomes I was realizing in life that were not positive. Since my 20’s I have found opportunities to alter this “stinking thinking” to produce better results and a habit of trying to find the positive in everything that happens.
Of course, I realize that the virus and everything related to it are causing sickness, death and serious economic impact. But I also see some very positive immediate and long-term outcomes from a business and personal standpoint. This article will focus on the personal.
So, if you’re stuck at home, how can you get lemonade out of this lemon? By not staring at the lemon. Yes, while stuck at home check information sources like Worldometers.com and check in on loved ones. But then plan your day to get some very positive things done. Things that will nurture your mind, your body, and your soul.
Stuck at Home? Suggestions on Using This Time Wisely
Remember, you have no previous experience with being stuck at home like this for a prolonged period. Unless, of course, you've had major surgery and or an illness. So, you have to shake things up a bit and have the discipline to not fall into bad habit traps.
Limit Your Social Media and News Watching Time
This is the biggest recommendation. If you find yourself aimlessly scrolling through your Facebook or Instagram feed, catch yourself and close it down. Get away from the computer or use the computer to search for positive things. If you sit and watch CNN or Fox News for more than 10 minutes or have it just playing in the background, turn it off.
Nurture Your Mind
Make a List of Things to Do
This may sound strange, but I love making a list of things to do. Most of these things never get done because it’s not a list of ‘have tos’ like for business. It’s more of a brainstorming list of things that I would really love to do. I just let my mind go and write down all sorts of things like places to travel to. Or, what needs to get done around the house. Perhaps things in the yard that I see that need attention that I don’t normally have the time for. Things that I want to do for me. Things that I want to do for my wife. People that I want to reach out to. It’s endless. Then I go back, prioritize, eliminate what’s unrealistic (it’s my nature to get a little crazy when doing this), and then start doing. Making a list, however unrealistic, of things to do is very cathartic. Trust me on this.
Read a Book
Reading allows you to transport yourself into something different for a time. If you read fiction, read something uplifting. If you read non-fiction, read something will educate and inspire you. Buy yourself a good book on Amazon.
A whole book can be, and many have been, written about the benefits of meditation. I am not qualified to write that book. However, one point I will make about meditation is that you can realize incredibly healthy benefits from meditating just 10 minutes a day. Think of how short 10 minutes is and what a small investment to make for such a huge return. Use the phone app Head Space.
Listen to Music
I cannot describe to you how important music has been in my life. I’m not a musician. Although I have recently purchased a drum kit and am learning how to drum. Music transports us. Maybe back to a certain time in our life that we treasure. Music lifts us up. Music is good for the mind and the soul. Make some playlists with your favorite app like Spotify, Google Play Music, or iTunes. Being stuck at home can be pleasant to the very least. Music playing in the background can really, really help.
Clean or Clean Out Something
Cleaning things around the house is cathartic, good for the mind and the soul. Organizing the garage or cleaning out a closet is the same. How about looking at your wardrobe and donating clothes that you haven’t worn in years and most likely never will again. Clean and organize something.
Start a Hobby
One thing I realized recently when I was talking to a good friend on the phone whom I respect greatly, is that I have no hobbies that are just for me. Meaning that I have no things outside my business, or outside what I do with my wife, that nurture a part of me that needs to be nurtured and is just for me. Amazingly, not really because I have come to realize how the energy of the universe works, another friend of mine sat me in front of his drum kit one night at his house. He played some music and let me drum along. Oh my!! I had a blast and just a few weeks later purchased my 1st drum kit at age 62. Now I practice and play along to songs that I love at least an hour a day. I have fun with myself, for myself at least an hour a day. What a gift!
Nurture Your Body
Go for a Walk
One of my favorite sayings is, “Keep it movin’”. Move your body every day. And, I’m not talking about from the couch to the kitchen and back. At the very minimum go for a walk. Get a phone app like Map Runner (we use Map Runner for walking, running and biking) and go for a walk every day. Then stretch when you get back.
Go For a Bike Ride
I could write a whole article on the fun and physical benefits of bike riding. Just get out there and experience life on a bike. It's so much fun! My wife Shirley and I went on a 28-mile ride yesterday because she was feeling a bit stuck at home. It helped both of us immensely.
Maybe, just maybe it’s time to start working out again. But you can’t go to a gym right now so how are you going to do that? Work out at home. Just go to YouTube and see a ton of at-home workouts to choose from. I have a 7-day Resistance Band Workout that you may love. Resistance bands are cheap and will give you an awesome full-body workout. Get our Full 7-Day Resistance Band workout by filling out the form below and buy your resistance bands from Amazon.
Stretch Every Day
Whether you walk, run, or do a workout routine, make sure you stretch afterward. Stretching is the most overlooked and ignored physical activity. The benefits are amazing especially as we age. Even if you can’t get out and walk or run, you can still stretch. Our daily stretch routine is part of our 7-Day Resistance Band Workout. Just fill out the form above.
Nurture Your Soul
Everything I’ve mentioned above will accomplish this goal. You’ll find yourself excited to get out of bed in the morning. You will have a new outlook. You’ll start to see the silver lining in every cloud. Perhaps you’ll maybe even realize there are a tremendous amount of business and income-producing opportunities that will be and have already been created because we have experienced this world-wide problem together.
We will get through this. And, because we have pulled together and utilized our collective human spirit, we will come out of it stronger, more resilient, more effective and better humans for it.