The Bright Side Challenge During QuarantineMelanie
First, I want to acknowledge that a lot of people are going through some very trying and challenging times and while our lives are not looking the way that we thought they would look just a couple of months ago, there is so much to be grateful for.
So, I am sharing some of the bright side observations I’ve made over the last few weeks.
I can take my health for granted, but one thing this Pandemic has taught me is how important it is to continue to protect my heart health. With more down time my dogs and I have spent a lot more time walking around our neighborhood. For that I am grateful!
With more time at home and restaurants closed for dine in, I have paid more attention to planning our meals to lose weight and get healthier. I have ordered all of our groceries through instacart . For this I am grateful!
It has been so nice to have a more relaxed time together at the start and end of the workday.
This experience has allowed us more time to talk about retirement plans and see how nice it will be to spend most of our days together. We are looking forward to our retired years together. For this I am grateful!
3. House Projects
Since everything has been cancelled for the foreseeable future, I have finally taken on a house project that I have wanted to do for over a year now. I scoured IG and Pinterest and came up with some plans for my master closet and my handy husband is working on putting my plans into reality on the weekends. For this I am grateful!
4. Blogging and social media communities
I started this personal blog last year and got involved in a couple social media communities and have learned so much during these last few weeks. New relationships and goals for my blogging endeavors are a bright side of staying in for me!
My family is all healthy and have their jobs. I have had more Face Time and Zoom calls with them then I have ever had. For this I am grateful!
6. Self Care
My skin and hair have had more attention from me then it normally gets. I’m taking advantage of my newly remodeled bathroom with more evening soaks while I listen to music or read my book.
I have had a nap or two, spent more time in quiet contemplation, and writing in my journal. For this I am grateful!
8. Supporting Others
I have always been an online shopper, but during this quarantine time I’ve seen friends struggle with their small businesses. This experience has made me scout their sites out, click on their amazon links on their blog, or find their liketoknow.it page and order from their online business. I am so grateful I can do this!
9. Toilet Paper
Oh, my goodness!! Who would ever have thought I would do a happy dance when my instacart driver delivered toilet paper after 5 weeks of not being able to find it? For this I am grateful!
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THINGS?
Being grateful has been shown to have a positive effect on our mental health because it lowers stress hormones. Research has shown that people who focus on gratitude tend to be more happy and less depressed .
Ideas to see the Bright Side in your life
Sometimes it is a real effort to see a bright side in a situation. Where do you even start? Here some thoughts for you:
· Gratitude Journal: At the end of your day write down things that you are thankful for and when those times of anxiety hit you and you can’t think of anything, you can pull out that journal.
It’s hard to complain when you’re focused on things to be grateful for.
When loneliness and isolation become too much reach out to family and friends that are uplifting and givers in your life. Maybe find a community online that you can participate in. We were not created to go through life alone.
Exercise even when you don’t “feel” like it. Something happens in our chemistry makeup that helps relieve anxiety and gives a different perspective when we exert physical effort.
Find a project. Starting to make over my closet, kept my mind occupied on something other then watching the news or seeing negative comments about what’s going on in our world.
Spend time in prayer or meditation
- Help others! Research shows if you focus on helping others, your stress level will go down.
Thank you for reading and please check out my friends blogs and see how they are sharing their Bright Side Experiences during this time.
Heidi Suydam: Simply Our Society
Nancy Weiss: A Two drink minimum
D’Arcy Vandenberg: Dear-Darcy
Michele Bellisari: Soooboca.com
Rosemary Davis: Distinctly Southern Style
Michele Linton: Hotflash and Sass
Merry Lynch: Braving Midlife
Gwen Gottilieb: Gwen lives Well