Knights are action oriented. They get an idea yet don’t think it through before rushing ahead. They are full of energy but brash, excited yet a bit too eager, full of ideas but impetuous. Sounds a bit like the past couple of months to me. As Covid 19 has emerged, our first response was... we’ve got this, nothing to worry about here, we know better (Knight of Swords). Then we realized we needed to Do Something so we did all kinds of anything, with gusto and enthusiasm, yet with little organization, planning or forethought (Knight of Wands). That’s us now. No clear, unifying plan of action but a lot of actions doing “something!”
When this shakeup, reset, reordering of our lives settles back down (and it will!), be prepared for it to look and feel very different from the way it was when we started this journey (10 of Pentacles). It’s going to look upside down, unfamiliar, and awkward. We’ll be wondering if we are really “there” yet. Our family dynamics will have changed. Our behavior will be different. We will have different priorities. It feels overwhelming now and it may feel like that when we begin to go about our business again, going out in public, hanging with friends, and hopefully giving hugs once again. It’s going to take something for each of us to stay grounded so that we can navigate this new terrain we’re headed for.
So what do we do?
Honor our already, in-place daily habits. Following our daily habits can be a great way to create a sense of safety and normalcy in a time when it doesn’t feel like there’s any at all. It’s a grounding tool that doesn’t take much effort and can almost be done on autopilot. Not only do daily habits provide safety, they have a rhythm to them that is soothing.
So, what grounding habits am I talking about? Mostly the ones you already know and practice:
Brush your teeth every morning
Make your bed every morning
Get dressed and out of your PJs
Eat your meals at proper meal times
Sit down to dinner with your family
Go to bed at your regular bed time
Simple, already in place. The only thing you’re doing here is naming what they are; acknowledging that they exist. You may have others to add. Add them. Committing to doing them daily is the goal here. Be intentional about it. It would be so easy to slack off, stay in your jammies all day watching movies or playing video games but the truth is that the closer you stay to your daily routine, the safer you will feel, the more in control. And naming your routine helps to acknowledge that you are on the right track and best of all you don’t have to learn something new. Just follow the plan you’ve been following for years.
Write down your routine and keep it close where you can see it, maybe on the fridge or your mirror or by your bed. It’s your plan for the day. Look at it every morning, just to be sure you know what you’re up to. It seems so easy and like something that isn’t important when in fact it provides an astonishing sense accomplishment when you do them every day. When you follow your habits daily are doing something extraordinary... you are keeping your word to yourself. You still might watch movies or play video games all day but when you follow your grounding habits, you’ll seriously feel like you had a winning day anyway.
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