It’s the small things. Sunshine through my curtains. A cup of tea and a snuggle with my dog. Crisp paper and my favorite pen.
Writing has not been easy. Brain fog set in, perhaps as early as April. Since then, every paragraph written has felt like a victory and a defeat. I’ve second guessed myself, stared at screens, and been defeated.
Here is a list of things, big and small, that have helped me survive the everyday struggle.
1. Tea & Coffee: I use these beverages as a mini-meditation break. Five minutes of inhaling the aromas, starting out a window, bringing myself back to the moment.
2. Blue Light Blocking Glasses: These babies reduced eye strain, reduced the intensity of migraines, and my eyes don’t feel as dry.
3. Audiobooks: What a better way to pass the time while cleaning or sorting through endless files than listening to a good book?
4. Sleeping Mask: I’ve had trouble sleeping (who hasn’t?). Using a satin eye sleeping mask that blocks out all the light has been such a lifesaver.
5. Naps: Don’t discount the power of a good nap. These are ways to reset your day and mindset. I like to listen to nature sounds, using the Rain Rain app.
6. Decluttering: Stuck at home? I’ve decluttered, and then decluttered again. Which doesn’t work well, when I buy things on Amazon…but, I try!
7: Lip Balm: A good lip balm can make a good day.
8: Friends: Feeling closed off? A quick message to a friend has been such a mood boost. Even if we can’t see each other, knowing they’re still there is important.
I hope you’re well. I hope you have a good day. Stay healthy, stay safe, and take care of yourself and your neighbors.