Anxiety is high right now. With Coronavirus comes a lot of unknowns and the unknowns are scary. The unknowns are what make us buy more toilet paper than we need and fill our freezers with frozen waffles and our pantries with rice and cans of soup. Unknowns make us buy up all the Lysol and hand sanitizer and curl up in a ball when we peek at our 401ks.
Unknowns are scary and we all approach them differently.
I’m someone who likes plans and routines. I don’t like my day-to-day to be disrupted. When I wake up in the mornings, I know exactly what my schedule looks like for that day. I know my to-do list, what meetings I have, what client programs and check-ins are due, what classes I’m coaching, what my workout is, on and on. It’s all in my color-coded Emily Ley Simplified Planner. It’s written in ink so obviously it can’t be changed.
A lot of my day-to-day has been turned on its ear in recent days, ink or not. I’m sure you have a similar story. We’re living in a time of no sports and no toilet paper. It’s an odd, strange, potentially unsettling time.
Knee-jerk reaction says panic. Buy up all the cold medicine and Purell and bar the door against the world. Self-isolate and wait until some higher power says “all clear.” I certainly considered this Draconian route, but I took a moment to stop and reassess the situation.
I operate on the belief that any situation is what you make it to be. You can approach a rainy day with a bad attitude, or you can shrug your shoulders, recognize there’s nothing you can do to change the weather, and be grateful the earth is being watered and look forward to a rainbow when the sun comes out.
I could panic about Coronavirus – and I’m certainly taking precautions to make sure I’m prepared, including practicing smart social distancing and working from home for the foreseeable future – but at the end of the day, there’s nothing I can do (aside from the aforementioned social distancing) to control the virus and its repercussions. My panicking about Coronavirus and the stops its put on my schedule isn’t going to add anything helpful to our current climate.
Instead, I’m embracing this as an opportunity to slow down.
Did you know I don’t get home until at least 7:30pm on weeknights? That’s on a good night, when I’m efficient in the gym. Most nights, it’s closer to 8:00. It means late dinners and not a lot of “free” time before it’s time for bed – it’s also why I tend not to go to bed until 11:00 or later.
With the next few weeks “canceled,” I suddenly have time. I can sleep a little later, work uninterrupted. I can work through the list of content ideas I’ve been jotting down, hoping to write when I “have a few minutes.” I can focus on creating and building Strong By Sarah programs, content, and offerings. I love to read, but I’ve only been able to read a few pages a night before I fall asleep. What better way to pass the time than to devour the list of books I’ve saved off in a note on my phone? I’ve been wanting to add yoga into my life – Yoga by Adrienne anyone? I had an idea for a course I want to create – I’ve already had time to sit down and outline it.
Perhaps it seems ambitious and maybe even a bit too positive of an approach to a few of you. I get it. The idea of self-quarantine and social distancing is a lot. I can 100% confirm I will be good and over it within the week. But there’s nothing I can do about stores closing and work from home mandates, so I may as well embrace it and make the best of it. For me, that means tackling a list of “I’d like to do when I have time” items with my pup, Knox, happily by my side – he’s rather excited about increased human time. For you, it might be savoring quality time with your kids and a chance to tap out of the day-to-day hassle of packing lunches, school drop offs, and coordinating after school activities.
Annie F. Downs, one of my favorite Christian authors, is self-quarantined after coming into contact with a friend who has tested positive for Coronavirus. She made a self-quarantine “Coronavirus bucket list” – not a to-do list – of things she wants to accomplish while hanging out in her house. I loved that idea, and so I leave you with my Coronavirus bucket list – and encourage you to make one for yourself.
My Coronavirus Bucket List
- Shorten my work “to-do” list – I’ve got several projects that I’ve wanted to get to but haven’t been able to for one reason or another. With lots of at home time and a tendency to work more efficiently in my own space, I’m looking forward to shortening that list.
- Read books – I’ve already made a decent dent in finishing a book I started a month ago!
- Write – so much content to write and suddenly, the time to write it!
- Plan – make a business plan for Strong By Sarah and map out what the rest of the year(!) looks like.
- Purge – no time like the present to purge my apartment, right?
- Yoga – goal: do yoga at least 3x a week.
- Course – I came up with an idea for a virtual course and now I have time to create it.
- Walk – it’s easy to stay parked on the couch when you’re working from home, but getting outside for fresh air is imperative + keeps you healthy. I’m planning to go for walks every day, as long as the weather cooperates.
- Watch Disney movies – I have Disney+ and a plethora of my favorite childhood movies at my fingertips. I can definitely work to Cinderella playing in the background.
- Watch Game of Thrones – a friend graciously shared her HBO login so I can watch GoT. I’m eight episodes into the first season.
- Plan – yes, again. Understanding I don’t know if I’ll be back to my regular schedule in a couple of weeks or a month or, worst case scenario, longer, I’ve go a lot ahead of me in 2020 and I’m going to start making some plans.
- Color – I love to break out my coloring book and colored pencils, but haven’t done that in ages. No time like the present.
- Workout – my gym is still open and with 24 hour access, I can continue to train while social distancing, but if it does close, I have bodyweight workouts (download them free!) to get me through.
- Finish my garland – I started a garland project at Christmas that I never finished. It’s the perfect activity while watching those GoT episodes and Disney movies
- Let my skin breathe – I plan to use very little makeup these next few weeks. I’ll swipe on some mascara – I am my Grandma Myrtle’s granddaughter after all – for all of my video conferences, but otherwise, this is a great opportunity to let me skin breathe.
- Pathway – I recently joined Lacy Phillip’s Pathway and what better time to do some work on my self than when I’m with myself 24/7?
- Check on people – Call my family, text my friends, knock on my elderly neighbor’s door to see how he’s doing and if he needs anything. Just because we can’t spent a lot of time face to face right now doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice community.
What are some things on your Coronavirus bucket list? How are you approaching this time of social distancing and self-quarantining? Leave me a comment and we’ll talk about our feelings!
I also made a Instagram Story template if you want to share what your bucket list on social media – be sure to tag me @SarahWyland!