IBD | Ostomy
There is no denying that right now is an incredibly difficult time for a mass majority of us. With so much indefinite unknown it is hard to find the light. However, I have found that having this extended time solo has forced me into adapting and adopting better habits.
Our community shared some of the new habits and routines that they have adapted and hope to continue once we switch back into some semblance of ‘normal’ again.
1. Being less wasteful.
Being chronically ill and extremely fatigued most of the time, I tend to buy and eat whatever is quickest or easiest to make for meals. Having extended periods indoors, I’ve quickly had to learn how to utilize the resources around me which has actually proven to be a really positive experience. I am trying things I would have never tried before, cooking more and being less wasteful with resources overall.
2. Spending more time outdoors and getting in touch with surroundings.
I have taken more walks around my neighborhood in this last month than I think I have taken walks in my lifetime. I’ve discovered new places in my neighborhood, including a hiking trail with a stream of water. Walking to this spot every single day has become meditative for me and so necessary in maintaining a level head. I never spent the time to appreciate my surroundings as much as I am learning to now.
3. Being able to evaluate your feelings and work through them.
An important thing to do during this time is to not only take breaks from social media and the news, but to evaluate how you are feeling. Doing this helps you to move through those feelings in a healthy way. Sometimes we get so caught up in the revolving door of life that we forget to take a moment, breathe and spend a moment with ourselves.
4. Adopting smaller habits that help boost your mood.
I have made my bed everyday for a long time because it makes me feel like I am starting the day on the right foot. However, I have found that this habit of mine started slipping. I now make my bed everyday to make sure I spend some of the day in other parts of my apartment. It makes me appreciate the other spaces I have to utilize.
5. Slowing down the hustle and bustle and being able to truly appreciate the little things.
What is one habit you have started or changed during quarantine that you hope to continue afterwards?