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it's been 2 weeks of #Quarantinelife...I'm stressed out!

Greetings and Good Evening!

Happy #MotivationMonday! I will not take up too much of your time this evening. I wanted to come in here and write about how stressful it's been over the last two weeks working from home, homeschooling my son, and carrying the duties of a housewife. Before I dive into that, I want to talk about how precious life truly is. Each and everyday during this pandemic I'm reminded of that the things that I could complain about is so trivial. I spoke this evening to a dear friend that I hadn't spoken to two in a few months, and to hear of all the things she's been dealing with, I just realized how silly it is for my to be complaining. There's always someone else dealing with something much more than you, so just be grateful and thankful for all of these moments that we all still have.

With that said, I wanted to check-in with a quick post about unforeseen stressors from #COVID19 #Quaraninelife! We're heading into week 3, Governor Larry Hogan literally just issued an executive order mandatory "Stay-at-Home" order today, and I don't know about all of you, but I never expected working from home would be so stressful. To be quite honest, when our workforce transitioned to working remote, I was very optimistic about my productivity, and ability to get back to the things that I wanted to accomplish from the day to day. I just want to say that I'm still optimistic, but I must admit in week 2 was very, very stressful from a work-life balance perspective. There were times in the beginning, where I felt overwhelmed, and it's honestly been a lot to deal with in such a short period of time. However, I will say that my employer has been amazing with providing resources and support to myself and my colleagues to ensure that we remain a healthy, productive and thriving workforce with positive morale, and for that I'm grateful. As well as, having resources available from my son's school to support our efforts at home to continue to educate our children. This has been an amazing, but stressful time but my family and I are working through it. Everyday we are facing new challenges, but I'm grateful to that I have resources to rely on.

So, I just want to share some thoughts on how to power through, if you're dealing with some of the same challenges during this incredible moment in time.

1. Take time to step away from work during the day. Do not sit at your desk and/or computer for 8 hours.

2. Get up and exercise. I literally began working out again with my friend 2-3 times a week. By the way, I'm proud to say that I took an online bellydance class (Yes, I bellydance, and I've been bellydancing for 12 years now.) with my former friend and instructor, Daliana of Daliana Dance Studio in Greensboro, NC. It was amazing! Exercising has been so helpful in managing the work from home stress, and for adding some balance back to my life.

3. Check in with family and friends. So many people are going through so much amid this pandemic, losing loved ones, losing their jobs, finding themselves in a situation that they never anticipated or could've imagined 2 months ago. So be generous with your heart, and show them some compassion and love.

4. Enjoy being in the moment at home. I've been cooking home cooked meals, binge watching all of my favorite Netflix shows, and finding new series and movies to watch and love. I've just been living in the moment. Also, my hubby and I have been zoning out to DJ DNice's #ClubQuarantine, and this past weekend Questlove of The Roots, had an amazing set on Saturday night. I've really been enjoying all of the music from the DJs during this moment in time.

5. Go outside and breathe fresh air. Maintain social distancing, and be mindful of the people around you. With that said, get some Vitamin D, allow the sun to shine on you, and breathe some fresh air. I definitely find a few moments to go outside and breathe fresh air, and make sure that you do as well.

In closing, be safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Stay in and Stay safe. It will get better and balancing the life, work, and homeschooling my son. I'm just so thankful to be here and to be healthy and alive.

Peace, love, and continued blessings for God's protection over us all! Amen.

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