Hello and Happy Monday,
It's week 5 of this pandemic and staying at home, and after I sent last week's email I felt like a weight had been lifted. The combination of writing how I was feeling and spring break had me in a great space. Thank you for reading and writing back and cheering me on and reminding me how "normal" I am.
I love a fluid schedule. While I am all for routine and guidelines, I love it when my children can sleep in, do the things they want to do, and not worry about deadlines. We had a great spring break of doing just that. Michael and I listened to our first audiobook, I know, I've never done it before. He was given an option to read and listen and chose to listen. He listened to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, which I remember reading when I was his age. So I decided to listen to it also so we could then talk about it. There is a lot happening in that book that I didn't pick up on the first time I read it which made for an interesting conversation between Michael and me. Meanwhile, Melissa and Joe decided to paint. They both love color and funky designs and what they came up with is beautiful. I added a photo below.
Since I had some free time on my hands and didn't feel overwhelmed with figuring out which child had a zoom call for school, they each have between 3-5 a day, I decided I needed to set some boundaries. This really helped with my headspace. I started with my phone and set time limits on social media apps, news apps, and with texting. It made the week so much better. During that downtime from my phone, it highlighted the many group texts I was part of. Group texting brings me anxiety. There is an article on Medium that helps describe how some of us feel about group texts. You can click here to read it. So since I had set limits on using my phone when I would pick it up I would have 30+ text messages from these groups. It was unsettling to me, the red numbers sitting at top of my messaging app induce anxiety within me. I realize the intention of all the messages were for engagement, and to perhaps bring happiness, but it worked the opposite for me. It was a reminder that everyone is experiencing this pandemic and this separation differently. I debated for days if ignoring the messages was enough, it wasn't. While I still am learning to create boundaries without feeling like I've hurt others, I have to remember that speaking my truth is very important.
Have you created any new boundaries during this time? With so many zoom calls and face timing, it's almost like we are more on call and available than before. I am curious how you are handling these types of changes to your schedule and if you feel it adds extra pressure to this already stress-inducing pandemic?
In the meantime, it's Monday afternoon and I am already in the swing of a new week of classes. This morning's yoga class was, in my opinion, fun! I hope you get a chance to do it. I've set up my scheduler so you can sign up a few weeks in advance. Please let me know if you need help signing up.
Please make sure to sign up and join me this week and going forward:
Classes are live during the time listed, but you can watch and join in at any time.
Monday 9:30 am Yoga Flow
Tuesday 10:00 am Gentle Flow
Wednesday 9:30 am Pilates for Yogis
All classes as Pay What You Can (suggestion is $5-$15 per class). I know it's not easy for everyone, but I also know the impact of movement on our nervous system. Payments can be made via PayPal CLICK HERE, Venmo @Jess-Purtell, or check. I can send my address to you separately if you want to do that. Also, I've set up my class packs to be used with my online classes. Visit my webpage and check out the packages you can purchase.
With so much love and virtual hugs,