I’m still trying to conceptualize how just a couple weeks ago we were in groups of people, connecting and touching and now we’ve been confined to our homes and immediate circles. The loss of community, something so many of us take for granted, is massively affecting me.
I’ve found a couple hacks if you’re interested…
- Houseparty app– Yes, I know you could do the same thing through zoom or google hangout, but just the name of this app makes it more fun. Not to mention the fact that my kids think it’s hilarious that we’re all on it. Here’s a call to action- right now! group text your friends, find a time that works and have a virtual meet up or happy hour. I did this last weekend and the laughter (clearly as you can see from the photo) and connection filled me up. Before we ended the call we gave the space for each of us to have a few minutes to talk about what we personally were experiencing. It was good to hear some positivity but also be able to be there to support each other – and to hear that even though our struggles are different, we’re definitely not alone.
- Create a safe workspace for yourself and have consequences if your children don’t abide by them. Just kidding. Do make sure you find a space where you can be alone, take a few breaths and take care of yourself AND also search for humor and the little things that make you smile. When something makes you laugh (like this picture!) share it out. Smile at people (from 6 feet away) even when you’re feeling frustrated or out of whack..
- Keep consistent practices. Wake up at the same time every day, eat dinner and maybe even breakfast with the people you’re sheltering with. It’s okay- your new consistency might be inconsistent with what you used to do. Take advantage of this different daily structure to do something you love: read a book, watch a movie, take a bath, meditate more.
- Take this time to grow. Our Dailey Method studios had to change our business models quickly in order to provide the consistent and quality classes you need more than ever when you’re confined to your home. It’s amazing to me how quickly people have learned to embrace change in order to maintain something familiar and comforting (although if we’re talking about something like fold-over -not necessarily comfortable!). Some students are taking even more classes now than they did at the studios. We’re calling it “Prison Fit”! Check out our website for the virtual classes offered through the local studios, and if that doesn’t work for you there’s always an option to Dailey Online….. Your first two weeks are free! And beginning next week we’re trying something new there- you don’t want to miss out!