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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Published April 26th 2020
How many can you tick off the list today?
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The daily walk seems to help us see the way ahead. Photo @nadinecresswellmyatt

Staying at home should be a bonus. Time to do all those jobs you have been putting off forever. Cupboards cleaned. Garden seeded. Some of us have even tried to work from home. I know, I have tried to write. Others do their day jobs.

But lots of people I know are feeling a certain malaise. They started off at speed and have slowed down. It is becoming more difficult to concentrate, to put in a full effort.

It makes sense. Our minds are elsewhere. It's a difficult time. I mean it's a "have you heard the news today, oh boy?" kind of time. Our minds have so much to process. It zaps our energy.

We are not absolutely sure when life will return to normal or whether it will ever return to the normal we once knew.

And not knowing how long we might be in lockdown, the little things we do seem to take forever. It's a kind of mental go slow. It's Parkinson's Law - work expands to fill the time available for its completion. And we have all day.

Some of us get lost in a time zone. Wasting too much time on social media. Turning day into night and night into day.

While I am all for setting goals and accomplishing things I am starting to realise that at this stage in lockdown, the best things to achieve are not so much goals, but the simple things that keep us sane and grounded.

So that when one reaches the end of the day one feels less stressed, I think if you can accomplish even five of the following items, you have had a successful day as they are the items that will make you feel more grounded.

clean one thing
Clean just one space.

You could print it out and check off the items a the end your day. It will give you a sense of accomplishment.

Never stop smiling. Daily walk. Photo @nadinecresswellmyatt

My thanks to Fiona Jane for a few of these helpful ideas.

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Why? To feel better at the end of each day stuck at home
Where: At home staying safe
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Nice list Nadine. I've checked off some for today already.
by May Cross (score: 3|7139) 149 days ago
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