Monday, April 6, 2020

Create Order During Uncertain Times

Post, Photo, and Video by Rain San Martin

I'll share with you some ways I've been processing this extraordinarily strange time we are living in during the Coronavirus lock-in. More than ever before, this is the time to create order and peace. Here are a few ways to make your life easier during this time.

Keep up your routines and healthy habits.   

In uncertain times routines are most critical. Regular rising and bed times will aid in getting proper sleep. Your key tasks are more likely to be achieved when you have a general schedule. Oftentimes when a crises occurs one may put their routines aside to address the immediate concerns at hand. There may be a brief few days when such activity may be necessary, yet to continue in this pattern will gradually erode at your soul. Healthy habits and intentional routines build a meaningful life. The warrior must remain strong. 

Limit your exposure to the news. 

The pastor of our church, via social distancing live stream, recommended spending no more than 1 hour per day with the news.  Though I do not usually follow a typical news feed or read the mainstream news on a regular basis, I have been privy to the updates during this Coronavirus ( COVID-19) pandemic.   Unplugging from devices, computers, radio, TV, and the printed news paper at least one day per week will help to restore your brains maximum functionality.  On plugged-in days limit your total screen time to 2 hours or less. This does does not include work you must complete with the computer.  I will disclose to you that I have made the recent decision to abstain from the news and any topic that may include this pandemic, 6 days per week,  for peace of mind. The day before going to the grocery store I check in. This allows me to adjust to any last minute executive orders mandated by the state.

Do bulk grocery shopping.

I've had the discipline of grocery shopping no more than twice per week for many years. This habit safeguarded me from the grocery store raids that would follow during these apocalyptic times.  I am grateful I still had an ample amount of Scotts 1000 sheets toilet paper from my last Costco trip.  Buying in bulk is wise, yet it is responsible not to clear out more items from the shelves than a reasonable amount. If you do buy in bulk make sure you have a healthy balance of supplies.

 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:25-34)

Have goals & study personal development.

The financial and psychological damage during world-wide government enforced lock-down has lead many to turn to alcohol and drugs. There has never been a more critical time in your life to study principles of self improvement, life mastery, and simplicity. 

A few more tips at a glance include:  

*Call loved ones. 
*Go on walks around your neighborhood. 
*Simplify your life. 
*See if you can live on one income. 
*Sharpen job skills from home if necessary. 
*Pray for Gods guidance. 

You can watch my video covering this topic here:

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105 )

Have a blessed week, 

Rain  🌹

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