The government, health professionals, and peers have all asked (and at this point, even begged) us to stay home and join forces in a concentrated approach to “Flatten the Curve” and lessen the rapid spread of the novel virus, COVID-19. And for the most part, the population is being compliant by spending a good 22-24 hours of the day confined within the four walls of their homes doing everything from working and “homeschooling” their kids to binge-watching Netflix shows.
However, based on the images showing up in my social media feeds, I think the “stay-at-home” message has sent individuals and families into a state of confusion about what to really do with this “at-home” time. From social media posts boasting a binge-watch marathon of Friends to those wearing daytime pajamas and then changing into “nighttime” pajamas, everyone is hunkering down and dealing with the uncertain times in their own way.
Making Waiting it Out Worthwhile
With that said, what if we could use our time “waiting it out” by working toward becoming a better version of ourselves? What if we could intertwine activities to get things done and stay positive while also moving closer to being the person we aspire to be?
Sounds impossible? In this situation, it may seem like a lofty goal. However, I truly believe that it is completely possible.
The thing is, we don’t often associate the four walls of our home as a place where we can transform into a better version. Instead, we focus on making that transformation at the gym, the library, seminars or conferences, places of worship, and maybe even at work. So to start moving in the direction of growth, you must overcome the home field advantage and level of comfort you feel by being at home and engaging in your “normal” at-home activities (which are often focused on relaxation and unwinding).
So basically, what I am suggesting is that instead of staying comfortable in our homes during this time, let’s turn them into our very own growth labs.
Creating a Growth Mindset in Our Growth Labs
In our growth labs, we must commit to growing each day in different areas of our lives. So, you must first, determine the areas in your life in which you would like to grow. Then, associate a positive behavior shift or change and pair it with a “quarantine action” you may be engaging in these days.
Here are some simple ways to integrate a growth mindset – and growth actions – into your stay-at-home regimen:
- For every show I want to watch, I will watch an educational Ted Talk first
- For every glass of wine I consume, I will read 15 pages of a book that will help me grow
- Each time I clean or organize a room in my house, I will do it while listening to a podcast
- Every day, I will commit to walking XXX amount of steps outside
If you take on a growth mindset during this time, I assure you that when the quarantine is lifted, you will end up in the best shape of your life – mentally and physically – and will be ready to crush the second half of this year.
However, if you spend the majority of your time getting “comfortable,” you will use the quarantine as a crutch and the reason why you added extra weight, your relationships suffered, or you are playing catch up with your life.
The choice is yours.