We need to practise social distancing from those not in our household. But I was amused this week when I spotted that cars are even keeping well apart, a good two meters apart in my town!
We are all influenced by our environment. And we are living in strange times. Our behaviours will be different (perhaps the way we drive and certainly for some of us the time we get dressed!). The environment impacts our behaviours and our behaviours impact our moods.
Does it feel like the making of a good or a bad day for you today?
We cannot change the big picture of the global situation (although we can make a contribution to a better outcome through our behaviour). We have to accept the situation.
We can however change the smaller, more local, picture of our environment. If you feel your day has the making of a bad day, is there something you can change about what you do or how you approach your day that will change your mood? It might be about including exercise, pausing to speak to a friend or just giving yourself an emotional break – pause and be kind to yourself. You could even wrap your arms round yourself and give yourself a hug – a proven mood lifter. (Go on, try it, you know you want to!)
I am reminded of the start of a well-known prayer. You already know it.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Acceptance is not easy but you may, like the Borg, have discovered that ‘resistance is futile’! Your best bet is to recognise that we are in this situation for a while – and start that journey of acceptance. Save your energy for those things that you can change.
So what could you change today that would make a better outcome for you, perhaps even making it a ‘good day’? What could you do differently? It may be as simple as truly appreciating a cuppa, calling someone to share how you are feeling, or taking a stroll. Be wise. Be courageous. Have a good day.
This is Thoughtful Thursday on 9 April 2020.