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March 2020

Ideas for Positive Social Distancing....

I've been practicing it since 3/15 [we were on a trip and flew back and since then have remained indoors other than as below]

  1.  Stay indoors but if at all possible get outside each day for a walk, remembering to keep social distance = the fresh air is really a nice change.
  2. I am trying to follow the Pomodoro Technique:  set a timer for 25 minutes of focus, after which you get a five minute break.  During each break try doing a different exercise - anything that gets your body moving is good.  Full discussion of Coronovirus Work-from-Home Wellness Plan [highly recommended]:  Elemental Work from Home
  3. Use the opportunity to do some cleaning, maybe a room a day?
  4. Practice Yoga and/or Meditation [loads of apps to help with that]
  5. Read a good book, listen to music, create music, add some art to your life.
  6. Clean out your various email boxes - how much of that stuff do you really need to save?
  7. Go through your computer/iPad/iPhone or such and clean them out, delete apps. you don't need, back up and then clean off data if you don't need it.
  8. Phone a friend, audio telephone or video, renew connections.

Hope this helps....

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from Trellis Restaurant

Quote from a friend --

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. - John Schaar

 

[which reminds me of the Crisis/Opportunity quote by John F. Kennedy - 

“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” —John F. Kennedy


Ideas for spending time at home...a few thoughts and suggestions

I'm following the CDC/etc. guidelines and staying home and, as I do so, trying to be creative in the use of my time [note I said Creative not Productive].  I gather we can go outside to catch the air/sun, but keep our distance and be sensitive to others.  The 'social distancing' idea is, after all, to help others and is unselfish in concept.  So, did a little thinking and research [which is a good way to continue to put off that ToDo List even further. . . ]

In addition to the ToDo list there's always household chores:  Clean out shelves, cabinets, closets and drawers [so called "deep cleaning"] and other worthy things, but for sanity's sake I was looking for ideas to keep the mind active [might be particularly relevant for kids etc., in a more kid-like format certainly].  The following are a few suggestions - 

Review and Clean out and Unsubscribe from emails, newsletters and other things which just multiply over time [I do this at year's end but it probably should be done twice a year given how many new offerings come in.  

There are books:  the paper ones you have, the audio books you have or can get [the Overdrive app, and others, can access your library account], the iPad/tablet ones you have, going through all your magazines and reading or recycling what you can.

There is, of course, a plethora of choices of streaming TV [we've exhausted Vera and Brunetti among others but are finding quite a few more offerings]

For your audio enjoyment as you tackle the ToDo list or household chores, there's radio, your music library [mine needs some culling anyway]

And for more visual entertainment - virtual tours of places you want to go to/see:

 

    [My search was ‘Virtual Tours’ and I’m sure others can do something more detailed or relevant]

Hope this is helpful... In the meantime, enjoy a view of nature far away:

Sintra-Cascais Natural Park  Portugal
     Sintra-Cascais Natural Park Portugal