10 Tips for Intentional Living (When the Sh*t Has Hit the Fan)

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Anyone else really tired of watching people achieve multiple amazing DIY projects during the time of quarantine? Or perhaps the amazing recipes or intense home workouts? This bitterness is not what I WANT for myself, but it's hard to avoid it, right? It has taken me six weeks of quarantine to pull off enough time for one little blog post, so my quarantine creativity is little to nothing...and you know what? It's OKAY!


I know I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed and you guys are, too. From the anxiety of working in the hospital around coronavirus to the stressors of three small kids fighting or climbing all over me every minute of every second I'm home...it feels like I'm swimming through a swamp of stressors. Your stressors probably look slightly different, but that doesn't make them any less powerful or difficult. So how do we manage our new norm?


Making great decisions about my use of time and resources, my interactions with others, and all my other hacks for intentional living before this seem no longer applicable. But the beauty of doing all this self-improvement work over the past few years is that I now know that I CAN be okay no matter what, it just takes a little work and adjustment. You can, too, and here are a few suggestions!



My Top 10 Tips for Intentional Living (this is written at 6 weeks, 1 day, and 9 hours into quarantine)


1. LET GO OF PRE/POST-QUARANTINE LIFE

Initially, I spent a lot of time thinking of this as a quick hold, and planning for when this all resolves, but then as it extended little by little, I started getting really overwhelmed and discouraged. The best thing to do is just bake in your new norm. Marinade in it and just let it be. Be present.


2. LIMIT SOCIAL MEDIA

This is a great tip for myself. I want to do more of this, but it's sooooo hard. Try giving yourself a set social media binge time, maybe 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes to check in and connect with friends/family, and then put it AWAY. Put your apps toward the back screen of your phone and try not to open them. The comments, articles, news (real or fake), and hype will get you caught up in emotions that don't serve you well.


3. CREATE A NEW LIFE SCHEDULE

Perhaps you have a new work schedule with extra shifts or different hours? The kids are now home all day? Whatever your new life looks like, make it your NEW LIFE. Stick to a Monday-Friday schedule and possibly even Saturday/Sunday. Schedule tv time, FaceTime, meetings, meals, etc. Stick to the routine and create some control and normalcy where you can.


4. PICK A TINY QUARANTINE GOAL

Use this as a time for good. Select ONE TINY goal at a time and start working on it little by little. Make sure it's attainable so that you get a sense of positive achievement. Some examples are, read a book that you've been wanting to read, FaceTime with family each day, write some letters, start journaling, etc.


5. JOURNAL

Y'all know I LOVE journaling. It's a habit that saved my mental and physical health. This can look like anything to you. Write on a post-it, buy a fancy journal and get out all your thoughts, or just listen to the podcast. But I highly recommend you take a few minutes each day for something.


6. MEDITATE (OR JUST BREATHE)

You can check out my yoga page for guided meditations (www.charlottepopupyoga.com/freeyoga) but you can also just sit down, close your eyes, and take a few deep breathes. Try doing it once in the middle of your day, or maybe before bedtime to help you sleep.


7. GET SOME FRESH AIR

Nature is so so good for us. Sit outside on a balcony, sit in your grass, go for a walk when few people are out, or just open a window. This one is so simple.


8. KEEP A HEALTHY DIET

Anyone else feel a strong desire to binge Netflix over oreos and wine? No, just me?

It's hard to prepare healthy meals ALL the time and a veggies and hummus don't comfort my stress, but lots of processed foods, sugar, and alcohol will NOT make you feel better physically, which will make you feel bad mentally. Try to take the junk in moderation if you can. (but read the next one...)


9. GIVE YOURSELF SOME GRACE (IT'S OK TO CRUMBLE)

Sitting inside in your PJs and don't remember the last time you washed your hair? Kids in front of too much TV? Maybe you've been underproductive at work... IT'S OKAY! Don't beat yourself up over not doing amazing workouts by 7am (this is why you have to limit social media). Everyone else is not as happy and perfect as you will see online, and you don't have to be happy and perfect all the time either. I call this, my quarantine rollercoaster...


10. LIVE IN THE MOMENT

All we have is today. We can't change to yesterday. We can't predict tomorrow. Just be. You're doing great. <3


Want to hear the Podcast episode that goes with this post? Find it on your Podcast app (Season 3 Episode 1 )or get a link at www.intentionalten.com.

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