March is over. You’re probably wondering how the heck that happened and maybe you’re realizing that you did not achieve the goal (or goals) you set for yourself during the month. Thanks, COVID-19. Now I’m going to stop you right there because I know what you’re thinking or how you’re feeling. Guilt. Maybe even shame.  Let’s be real with ourselves though. March was weird and our lives changed literally overnight. One day we are walking into work and then the next day we are working from home, homeschooling kids if we have them, and trying to figure out how to keep our figurative cups full when we are stuck on our own little islands trying to avoid COVID-19. Maybe you’re like me and have a lot of anxiety about illness and death.  Bottom line: it is okay if all you’ve done lately is simply survive. Do not feel guilty for not achieving your March goals. Life happens! Someone randomly eats or comes in contact with an infected bat and boom- pandemic. LIFE IS WEIRD. And wildly unpredictable. Here is my advice about not achieving your goals and some ideas for April.

The past is in the past.

Instead of beating yourself up about it, how about we just let it go. Forgive yourself and cut yourself some slack. So what if you spent the first week on Netflix and ordering to-do orders from Olive Garden? Let it go. We adjust to life changes in strange ways.

Now that we’ve been at this for a few weeks, you’ve probably developed some sort of routine.

Granted, it is NOT your daily routine, but your normal routine is simply not possible right now. If you’re not on a routine right now, then I recommend trying to find one! Your days don’t have to be crazy structured, but at least try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. 

Focus on making little changes.

When you’re going about your day to day life and trying to find a new normal, focus on the little things because those are the things that will add up. Exercising for example: it’s weird from home. You might be bored at first. Try to start off small with a quick workout and then build on top of that. Maybe go for a walk in the mornings and then again in the evenings. I know you’re probably treating yourself to some alcoholic beverage… how about having just one beer or glass of wine instead of three?

Most importantly, take care of your mental health and don’t let anyone shame you for “quarantining” differently than them.

Some people seem to be following an effortless routine, staying active, and all that while some of us are simply trying to survive. Don’t feel down on yourself just because they are handling this situation differently. Sometimes all we can do is survive and that is completely okay. Do whatever makes this less difficult for you. When you’re facing some extra anxiety or frustration about COVID-19, just remember that the world WILL keep going and eventually, everything WILL go back to normal. Until then, take care of yourself.

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