Every experience in life is an opportunity to learn and COVID-19 is no different. Here’s what I have observed so far.

Work

  • Going online with our programs has been good in that more people from across Canada get to participate.
  • I don’t have to work so hard and taking a break is OK.
  • I have dropped the guilt when I take a nap.
  • With this new-found time I have been able to finish my book.

On the home front

  • I can cook dinner in a relaxed way, rather than just rushing to put food on the table.
  • I can innovate – no rolling pin – a jar, no cookie cutter – top of a mason jar.
  • We need to declutter.
  • We don’t need more stuff.   We have everything we need, right here, right now.
  • My weekly trip to do grocery shopping is exhausting.

Self care

  • Being outside, walking in nature, calms you.
  • It is never too late to learn new things – painting my tree of life
  • Learning different ways to stay active – yoga, zumba – and liking it
  • Just a daily conversation with a friend lightens my mood and takes the edge off  my sense of isolation
  • I have the attention span of a gnat right now. Large books don’t always get finished.  Short and sweet does better right now, in fact books on my Kindle work best.
  • Someone is always worse off than you – reach out and help.

Relationships

  • When I was feeling down,  good friends reached out to check on me.  Thank you.
  • Everyone is busy working on their own issues.
  • A surprise phone call can brighten your day.
  • My daily humour posts on social media have garnered me some new friends  – bonus.

Bottom line

  • I really miss hugging and seeing my kids and friends.

What about you? What have you learned about yourself during these weeks of social isolation?

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.