I am not going to lie. This time during quarantine has been hard. I had finally gotten used to a new routine and felt that I had everything under control. Until all of a sudden, I didn’t. I no longer had my day planned out and scheduled. I had to get used to having my family around all the time and co-existing in our space. Despite it taking about three months for our new reality to set in, I found the focus to think about what is within my control during quarantine and what is out of my control.
I finally accepted that, at least for a while, I will not have large gatherings with family and friends. Treating myself to eating out at restaurants and cafe’s has been replaced by take-out and delivery. Yet, probably what has been the most difficult for me, is the halt on planning vacations and adventures. I love to travel. I don’t have to go very far either but I love meeting new people and learning about their cultures. However, this was no longer within my control.
At the same time, there are things that are within my control. Maybe my travel plans were canceled but all of a sudden I have extra time to read. I now travel in the books I read and got into the habit of reading every day. Another habit that is within my control is exercise. Life was so busy that I would make excuses. Now, my goal now is that I leave quarantine in better shape than when it started. I can also control what I am eating. I enjoy cooking but I am now cooking almost every meal, every single day. I can control what ingredients I use and making sure that I am eating healthy. So I got into the habit of meal planning and scheduling time on Sundays to plan what I will eat that week. Another habit that I have focused on that is within my control is drinking water. I was always terrible about drinking enough water. It’s crazy how something so basic and simple can make me feel so much better. Last but not least, a habit that has helped me a lot during all of this is meditation. Of course breathing is good for you but just like any other muscle in your body, your lungs benefit from a good workout. Diaphragmatic breathing is shown to increase oxygen levels, improve blood flow, increase energy, and improve your posture. It also helps set my mood for the day.
In life, there will be a lot of things that are outside of your control. You can’t always control what happens, but you can control how you react to it. The sooner you accept this and focus on what you actually do control, the more productive and happier you’ll be. And finally, it’s important to create habits that help your mind, body, and spirit. You might be surprised by how great an impact it can have in your life in general. For this week’s #MakeItHappen, let us know how you are handling things that are within your control to improve your body, mind, and spirit and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or share your story and tag us on social . Lastly, we just completed our first week of the YTeach Summer Virtual Workshop and have an awesome group of students. This week’s topic is all about health and wellness. Any student who would like to participate can sign up here.
Go make it happen,
Luly & the YTeach Team
“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!”