It's clear we all need to hunker down, yes I said "hunker" and if you know me, y'all know I've got a little twang. Everyone will or is currently already getting hit financially and if there's anything I can do it help you, please reach out. I am a small business too, it's truly just me running it and I'm sanitizing everything that goes out to be extra cautious. My husband helps from time to time and that's it.
Right now, IMO gifts are not "IN" right now with the uncertainty of many things even with occasions and events being missed and I don't feel right pushing sales at the moment.
I want to help others during this time. My feed is going to look different as I want to share thoughtful tips on what you can do during this time at home with your family. Much love to you all, be safe and be well. And please be kind and patient, we all need it, no need to get feisty at each other.
1. Be cautious about the increase in utility bills.
With the uptick of washing your hands, be sure to turn off the water while you are using that 20 seconds of scrubbing your hands. I understand sometimes it takes a moment to get the water warm, so be mindful (if all possible) so your wallet isn't hit hard after this settles down.
Turn off the lights and appliances that aren't being used as you leave each room. If there's an option depending on where you live, open the windows, and let fresh air in. Give your AC or heater a break, the last thing you want to do is have something break down.
And if you run out of toilet paper, be sure that you aren't compromising your plumbing with paper towels or items that shouldn't be flushed down the toilet.
2. Schedule Your Days & Workouts
Write out a schedule to keep you on track now that everyone is at home to help reduce stress and release stress.
Keeping/planning a schedule may help elevate your stress and keep everyone in the know as many of you are balancing working from home with kid(s). Will you be missing workouts? Many gyms/workout places are offering virtual classes and you can still go outside (just stay at least 6 ft away from others as you pass another).
Beachbody on Demand - there are so many different types of classes. They have a 14-day free trial and hopefully, there will update with other types of trials. It can be a family event depending on how old your kids are. I use it and love Barre Blend.
Go Outside - Again we can go out, just stay clear from others, if you have a yard and weather permitting, make a field day activity if you have kids. You can go for walks and make little activities. With St. Patrick's day coming up, there's a game going on in my neighborhood where you put a shamrock in your window so when families are walking, they can play spot the shamrock.
Did you know most likely have something like this in your neighborhood (it's a Facebook group)?
If you don't, you can start one. "The Buy Nothing Project began when two friends, Rebecca Rockefeller and Liesl Clark, created an experimental hyper-local gift economy on Bainbridge Island, WA, in July 2013. Since then, it has become a worldwide social movement, with groups in 30 nations. Local groups form gift economies that are complementary and parallel to local cash economies; whether people join because they’d like to quickly get rid of things that are cluttering their lives, or simply to save money by getting things for free, they quickly discover that our groups are not just another free recycling platform." -Buy Nothing Project
This is a great time to work with your community as we are in the state of social distancing. The way it works, you or your neighbor posts the item to give and those in the group will leave a comment if they're interested in the item(s). Many choose to select the first person that says they are interested or you can let it simmer and select anyone you'd to give. The giver will select someone and they will take it offline to discuss pick up times. The key thing is you can leave it on your porch/common space outside your building. You don't have to meet anyone right face to face.
It doesn't cost a thing! Especially now with supplies low at grocery stores, you and your neighbors can come together to help each other out. Can anyone spare a square? :) I just mailed yeast to someone's parent that is in the desert to help out as they are elderly and can't find any at the stores in their area.
I'll be posting more tips throughout the week to help keep you productive and thoughtful during this time.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
Be safe and be well,
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