C.L. Burger, Professional Introvert
1. Change – Feeling stuck? Change at least one thing. Move your furniture, change the house decorations, change your bedroom décor or throw pillows. Change at least one thing.
2. Move – Exercise every day. Yoga, Pilates, Walk around the block while you practice social distancing.
3. Reach Out – Send a note or card to an elderly neighbor or relative. Encourage or thank someone who is on the front lines of Covid-19. Send handwritten notes to loved ones and friends. Make a thank you sign for your medical, grocery, waste removal or postal service employee and hang it where they can see it.
4. Pray and/or Meditate – God is still with you. Pray and meditate on Scripture or faith text. Join an online church or faith-filled community.
5. Find Life – Feed hummingbirds, listen for birds chirping early in the morning, look for budding trees, search for blooming flowers, dig in the soil and find an earthworm, plant vegetables, watch a butterfly or listen for bees humming.
6. Keep a Gratitude Journal – Write down all that you are grateful for, look for surprising reasons to be grateful, re-read what you write each day. Focus more on what you have than what you lack.
7. Organize and declutter – Clean out those old files you have neglected. Find items you can donate or give to someone in need. Straighten and organize a closet or drawer.
8. Be creative – Paint, draw, sew, knit, build, cook or bake—make something. Start on those holiday hand-made gifts or build shelves for the garage. Use the creative gifts God has given you.
9. Care for your loved ones – Organize an online gathering via a Skype, Zoom, Facetime or other social media call. Stay connected.
10. Remember – Remember to be gentle with yourself and honor the feelings you are having. Remember to—drink water, dance, laugh, cry, be joyful, share, breathe, smile and savor this moment. Remember, this shelter in place will not last forever. Remember to repeat this list as often as necessary. Remember we are in this together. You are not alone.