As we’re all adjusting to our new normal, we wanted to send a reminder that it’s OK to ease up on yourself, particularly during this time. We’re all handling quarantine differently—some might use this time to intensely organize their home or learn a new language, while others might use the at-home hours to relax and simply be—to each their own. One does not outweigh the other. The most important thing is to find what works for you. We live in a fast-paced environment, so if you want to take this period to slow down, do it and definitely do not shame yourself for not “cooking enough” or not being “productive enough.”
Continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands, wear a face mask if you have to leave the house, donate (if and where you can), and get through each day. That’s all we’re expected to do. Below, we’re sharing how the Poosh team is currently adjusting.
Kourtney Kardashian: “I’m doing my best to focus on the positives with this slower pace. I have never felt more connected to my kids. I really am able to help them with this homeschooling in knowing their strengths and weaknesses, and being really involved with them brings me so much joy, along with normal mom struggles, like sibling fights not stopping all day. I’m trying to also not be so hard on myself when I can’t answer emails or texts right away, work or even personal, as I try to navigate this new normal of being an at-home, single, working, homeschooling mom of three/chef/sister/best friend.”
Michelle Scanga: “I’m doing my best to find more of a balance with work/personal life—it’s obviously a gray area right now considering we’re all at home, but if I need a midday FaceTime chat with a friend or my mom, I don’t feel guilty about pausing my work for a brief 10 minutes to have a conversation and check in on my loved ones. I’m also not putting pressure on myself to be a hero in the kitchen and cook every single meal or organize every section of my apartment at once—I’m focusing on things that make me happy and taking it day by day.”
Sam Hyatt: “Every day has its own set of challenges, that’s for sure! As a working mom who is trying to now juggle homeschooling, mealtime, food rationing (yes, because that’s now a thing), and all the cleaning, I’m just giving myself one or two small projects each day so that I don’t feel too overwhelmed. I’m also in a much better place now than I was a month ago when this all started. Today, I’m more lenient with my kids about electronics and schoolwork, and just trying to stay positive and make it a memorable experience for my family. Lots of family cleaning sessions, lots of board games, LOTS of movies, lots of baking, lots of tequila (for me, not them), and sometimes, lots of doing nothing.”
Sarah Howard: “I haven’t been touched by another human being since March 19, when I had three cavities removed by the dentist. I don’t even mean sexually—just a hug or even a laugh with a friend and a pat on the shoulder. Thank G-d for my dog Harper, at least we cuddle and it’s another beating heart. But that’s the hardest aspect of this quarantine for me—being alone without my family or friends, worrying about them, and not feeling any sort of physical connection. So if I’m having a rough morning, I remind myself that it’s OK to just chill in bed for an hour longer. If I don’t have the energy to work out and I’m feeling blah, I know that getting under my weighted blanket and binging on a feel-good Netflix show helps ease my mind—and I’m trying my best not to give myself sh*t. I’m doing my best. I’m safe. I’m breathing. Mantras help!”
Robert Vasquez: “The new normal has definitely been an adjustment for me, especially since I am an inherently social and Type A person who is used to routine throughout the day. However, I’ve been doing my best to stick to my normal ‘9 to 5’ work hours but have added in a daily workout at some point in the day, usually in the mornings, which kicks off my day on a great start. Shutting down around 5 p.m. allows me to take the evening and have my much-needed ‘me time.’ Nowadays that includes a variety of new hobbies such as playing my new Nintendo Switch, which is a great distraction especially when I connect and play with my friends, giving me the social fix I need. Also, I’ve found myself having virtual dinner parties and happy hours on the weekends to catch up with friends, family, and old colleagues, allowing me to stay connected and nurture relationships. My last two bits of advice that are keeping me sane are watching the news only once a day for 30 minutes and not comparing my daily productivity (or lack thereof!) to what everyone else is doing. Do you and stay positive!”
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