I don’t have to tell you that life has changed significantly in the past half year or so. I’m not talking about having a baby – I’m talking about the limitation of our lives due to Covid. Our new “normal” is quite strange. I was thinking about it last night – how it is normal to avoid neighbors on the sidewalk. We walk around wearing masks wherever we go – some of us even collect masks! We can’t travel anywhere, so we explore the corners of our cities. The hardest part is that we are limited from seeing family – especially family that lives far away.
Despite the weirdness there are a few things that help me stay sane right now.
How I Stay Sane
Getting out for some fresh air is crucial to my well being. Dan and I find that once we get our legs moving, our emotions kind of pour out. It is like therapy! We discuss what is on our minds, get in some friendly debates, all while taking in the city and getting some exercise. I truly think our marriage is better because of our daily walks. I like getting Sidney out of the house, too. We take most of our outfit photos on our walks, too. I look forward to our daily walks SO much!
2.Weekly Date-Night At Home
Since eating out all the time is expensive, and it is tough to get a babysitter let alone a reservation, we’ve started doing a weekly date night at home. Plus, we have been eating really healthy (like steamed veggies and protein) for most of our meals, so I LOVE to plan a menu that involves cooking something a little bit naughty. Last week we made the yummy olive oil pasta from the movie Chef and it was insanely good and tasty.
We light candles, put on a playlist, mix up some cocktails, and bust out all the good serving dishes and crystal. It is such a fun way to get off our phones, turn off the Netflix, and connect over a good meal. I highly recommend it.
It is so easy to finish a workout and change into yet another pair of leggings. Recently, I’ve been wearing all my cute clothes and putting on a little makeup. Even if it is only for me, Sidney, and my husband. It makes me feel confident and like my wardrobe isn’t all sad and lonely. It is worth mentioning that I’m pretty much where I want to be in terms of losing baby weight, so I’m having fun dressing my body again. This pretty top is a new favorite that I’m excited too style different ways!
4.Making a List And Crossing Things Off
In the morning, I do a “brain dump” and write down everything I want/need to accomplish. For instance, register to vote absentee, shoot xyz campaign, do Sidney’s laundry, vacuum, order cat food…I find that it keeps me focused during the day. Since it is on paper, I don’t get stressed about forgetting to do something.
How do you stay sane? I’d love to incorporate your tricks into my routine, too!
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