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Interesting Ideas for July 2021

As I write this post, it’s early July and incredibly warm—not a fan of 39 degree days!  I have no idea where we’ll be by the end of July when this blog is scheduled to be posted.  My hope is that we will be farther along in opening back up, as more of us are fully vaccinated, case numbers are down and fewer of our loved ones are in the hospital battling Covid.

No matter what your temperature :-), here are the interesting ideas links for this month.

River ThamesThe pandemic has changed the way that we hold funeral services (or even if we do) and how we celebrate our loved ones who have died.  This Guardian article tells the poignant story of one woman’s 150-mile walking journey along the Thames River from London to Oxford to visit her brother’s grave and the realizations that she had along the way.

Dining tableThe following two items; an article from the Atlantic and a post from the blog Food52, help us to maneuver as we work our way through post-pandemic social norms around what is now considered to be polite when interacting with others and how to host gatherings. What is the expectations around physical contact? Distancing? How do you have explicit conversations about who is being invited and what the ground rules will be? I especially like the use of compassion in these areas as everyone is at a different place in their re-entry journey. Being around others can bring both a profound sense of relief and its own emotional hurdles and compassion can help us navigate it.

 

 

 

 

Woman dealing with anxiety as she considers what to wear outside.

Interesting Ideas for June 2021

Woman dealing with anxiety as she considers what to wear outside.Life continues to be interesting. Depending on where you live, and the status of your vaccination schedule, your life may be seeing signs of returning to some sort of pre-pandemic normalcy.    While many of us have been craving and dreaming of being out in the world, now that the reality is getting closer, many of us are also feeling anxious about what this may actually look like.

Many people I have spoken to, both personally and professionally, are concerned about social anxiety, loss of confidence and fear of leaving their homes after almost 15 months of being stuck at home.  On one hand, we want to be out and about, yet on the other, our Covid routines are safe and predictable.  In March 2020, our world ground to a screeching halt, and we adjusted.  And, it is reopening at a slower rate, giving us time to re-enter with awareness.

Friends outside

The following three interesting articles speak to this return to society.  This commentary from the Guardian suggests ways to re-approach friends that have fallen to the wayside during the pandemic.

 

 

Introvert hiding on a couchMany introverts have actually enjoyed the forced time at home, and according to the Washington Post author, Roxanne Roberts, are not completely happy about a return to “normal”

 

 

Holding a MugFinally,  a guest post by Angel Chernoff of Marc and Angel Life Hack (as appeared in Becoming Minimalist) provides solid tools to cope with stepping out into the potential chaos as life opens up.

Enjoy, take care, and stay safe…