Who would have thought that by the time spring would arrive we’d all be quarantined or advised to practice social-distancing, huh? What a weird year 2020 has been so far. But I am glad that spring has arrived. It feels like more of a positive season, with green leaves, flowers, birds chirping, longer days, bluer skies and warmer weather. I’m writing this straight from my balcony, where I’ve worked from in the past four days of quarantine to enjoy the 22°C and blue sky. I don’t know about you but the weather impacts my mood a lot, which is why I hope the weather will continue to be good in the next few weeks as the situations evolves.
Even though the situation is quite uncertain, I have decided to set myself some goals for the spring season. I don’t know for how long we’ll be in mandatory quarantine here in France, but I think setting goals will help me to be positive and work towards something. So here they are:
Practice self-care more
Even though I meditate and stretch every morning, I want to take self-care to another level. I’d like to be able to recognize when I need to take time for myself and prioritize my mental health over work. The past few days have challenging since we are now allowed outside our home for a very short amount of time and for specific reasons. My anxiety is higher that usual but I’ve found it difficult to take time off. Even though it’s harder for me to work on my business since pretty much everything is off and I find it difficult to film videos now that my boyfriend is home all the time, I still feel like I should always been productive, do something. In reality most of the time I’d rather be reading or watching something.
I also want to know when to stop doing something that has a negative impact on me. Following the news is currently even more stressful that usual but I can’t stop myself from tapping the Twitter icon on my phone or typing “coronavirus france” on Google. Self-care is also about knowing what’s best for you and even though, deep down I know it’s not helping, I want to work on making smarter decisions for myself in spring.
Continue to workout regularly
Since the start of the year, I’ve been very good with working out regularly. I’m already missing my swimming sessions but since being stuck at home means not much movement, I’m making it part of my daily routine to workout. I’m using Blogilates workouts on Youtube and it’s been great so I want to keep on doing that for as long as we are quarantined. I’m also going to try to go for a quick run twice a week as I feel the need to do some proper cardio to keep my anxiety in check.
Read, read, read
In relation to self-care, I want to allow myself more reading time this season. I love reading, it brings me so much joy so since the weather should be improving, I’m going to try to read ever afternoon after work on the balcony if the weather allows it. In situations like this, I need to do more of what makes me happy – and sane.
Preparing our next trips
Since for now we can’t really leave the apartment, might as well start to think about where we’d like to go – if we can… – for our next trips! We have our 10 year anniversary coming up in July and we’d like to take a little vacation in August, and possibly do something in October/Novemeber so now’s the perfect time to think about trips we’re excited about and something more positive.
If you have recommendations of places to visit, hit me up in the comments!
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