Hard days are okay and so are you.

It can be easy to give into negative thoughts while you quarantine. Whether you feel alone or trying to manage WFH and family routines all at once --we are all experiencing hard days. TBH I never thought I would be this excited to Facetime and virtually check in with friends and coworkers. Although I have paused the many social activities (a day) that fill my tank, I have found solace in technology that still allows me to feel connected. So, this is 2020…okay.


Reflect


There are so many things I now realize I took for granted pre-quarantine. However, instead of digging myself into a hole of Sunday brunch FOMO – guess what I did! I made the best damn chicken and waffles I have ever had. Yes – you heard it. I am the guy that orders chicken and waffles at every brunch I’ve ever been to. #CreatureOfHabit.


Last weekend, I decided it was time to try one of my favorite recipes. I’m not sharing this as a productivity contest, but instead share how this made me feel. I could have drowned in sorrows and felt helpless (similar to the Sunday before – hey, I’m only human), but instead I aimed to feel my usual Sunday-feels. That feeling of stuffed and satisfied. My face with lit with joy… the carafe of mimosa had nothing to do with that either.


Rearrange


The 1970’s were called the “digital age” but the introduction of personal computers now seems so blasé!



Many of us are now in situations where we need to continue business as usual…in an unusual spot – our home. Here are some helpful tips!


  • Changing out of your PJs will most definitely change your mood

  • Don’t forget about your “hallway hellos”. Send a good morning message to your colleagues on different teams.

  • Read your news updates for the day. Remove the additional static and emotion live news offers. Control your mood while staying informed.


Return


Your new normal will be just that – new. It’s funny the way we are all experiencing change but on completely different journeys. Some of us are facing big hurdles and hard days while others are facing bigger hurdles and harder days. Don’t forget that when we return to our new normal – we will do it together. We are humanity. We will heal. We will start again.


“people who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society,” Vince Lombardi


Hard days are okay and so are you.



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