A secret of adulthood

Just because something is fun for someone else, doesn’t mean it’s fun for you.
And vice versa.
Gretchen Rubin

Along this same line; just because journaling, Zoom meetings, binge watching Netflix,
learning algebra via Youtube is working for someone else during this time of staying home-
doesn’t mean it will work for you.

I know we’ve all seen lots of suggestions for how to cope with being home, maintaining a routine and 
keeping ourselves engaged and connected as we adjust to our new circumstances.
Now, as always, we need to pay attention to our physical, mental, emotional health and well being.

True, this could be a great time to try a new hobby, find a different way to connect to people,
and practice self care.
And this is also a great time to do what has worked for you in the past.
Familiarity and routine help ground us and give us the sense that although many things 
seem crazy and out of control, there are activities that a center us and make us feel at home with our selves.

If you’re not a phone person, it’s great to connect through short texts.
Frustrated by trying to keep a journal?  Maybe just writing down one thing a day you’re grateful for.
Love to read but can’t seem to concentrate or find a new book that holds your attention?
Reread something you loved in the past.

Find ways to engage yourself.
New things maybe or the tried and true.
No beating yourself up because ‘everyone else is ________’
and you aren’t interested/don’t want to/tried it and you didn’t like it.

And most of all, be gentle with yourself.
This is a challenging time.
Remember to breathe.

(Here are several more of Gretchen’s Secrets of Adulthood)