Pivots and Shifts of Self-Care

Pivot – (noun) the central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns or oscillates.

(verb) turn on or as if on a pivot.

Shift – (noun) a slight change in position, direction, or tendency.

Once the Coronavirus/Covid-19 hit, and each state started issuing “Stay Home, Stay Safe Orders” all three types of businesses: service, merchandising, and manufacturing had to pivot and shift in order to stay afloat amid the pandemic. All businesses needed to upgrade to stringent health and safety standards for their employees and customers.

Service based business like schools, salons, banks, dentists, and law firms had to make sure their employees and each person their employees interacted with would be safe. Many of those businesses began operating remote/work from home options as much as possible. A merchandising business sells a product without changing its form. Examples are grocery stores, convenience stores, and other resellers. Their concerns were that their employees and the masses of consumers they needed for their profit margin would be safe every day. Lastly are the manufacturing businesses which buy products with the intention of using them as materials in making a new product. Thus, there is a transformation of the products purchased. Under this category are hybrid businesses, they are companies that may be classified in more than one type of business. A restaurant, for example, combines ingredients in making a fine meal (manufacturing), sells a cold bottle of wine (merchandising), and fills customer orders (service). Hybrid business like restaurants is where we as consumers have seen a lot of pivots and shifts as they have gone to contactless delivery, curbside delivery, and contactless drive-thru. Dine in restaurants have ramped up “To Go” service, our entire existence as we knew it pivoted and shifted to change with our new normal of social distancing, masks mandates, simply put just limits on contact with each other. Just like with merchandising, these businesses had to come up with ways to ensure that safety was paramount.

Companies are pivoting and shifting for instance going from making alcohol to making

sanitizer, in order to help out the nation while simultaneously maintaining their profit margin. It’s a win-win and I think a brilliant idea. My point this week is that when it comes to self-care during this time, we may need to do a pivot, a shift. I’ve mentioned before, I am fortunate that I am working remotely. I am not complaining, I rather enjoy it. However, I will admit there have been moments where I’ve felt like a caged lion. I could really use a happy hour with friends. But my family and I have made our personal decisions about what we’re doing to stay safe, everyone makes their own choice.

To that end, what you have been doing for self-care may need a shake-up, a pivot. When I was growing up my mother would change around our living room furniture. She would often do it after I went to bed, or she would do it on the weekend for a totally different configuration. Even though I had to get used to the change, it was always a beautiful set up, it brought a freshness, a new energy into the household. She’s gifted that way. Even now her home looks like it could be featured in a design magazine. The same for her bedroom, and mine too. But she changed hers more often. Based on the size and where the closets were, she couldn’t change the furniture around a lot, but one time she painted what I called a blue moon. It was the wall where her headboard rested. She painted the wall stark white, and then on the bottom half a big, blue setting moon is how I guess you would best describe it. I loved it. Blue has always been my favorite color and I wished she had painted it in my room. Based on the current color shades the closet match I could find is cornflower blue, though it’s not quite the same color from my mind’s eye. I was young and my mother wasn’t talking to me about what she was doing, but I know now that it was self-care.

Take a look at the things you’re doing or not doing for self-care. If you are working remotely then you are in the confines of your home all day. Take a walk if you aren’t doing it already. Early in the morning if you live in a place where it gets hot, or later in the evening for the same reason. Do it with or without music. It’s a time to connect with yourself and your thoughts. It also doesn’t have to be music, it could be an audiobook, a podcast, or a TED talk.

Ride a bike. My husband and I bought bikes about a year and a half ago and once I got the kinks out of being on a bike again I felt so happy and free, like a teenager again. I couldn’t believe a bike could make me feel that way at my age. It’s the simple things sometimes. Of course, I have not gotten into serious riding yet, but it’s a long-range goal.

Start a new hobby or rediscover an old one. You likely have more time on your hands and if working from home, you can utilize that time to do more things to give you joy. Exercise, it’s a good time to start, or to recommit, get a partner, or search for ways to make it a habit you can keep. I have fought and lost the exercise battle more than I can count, but I keep trying. I can say that for more than just exercise. Each day I get the opportunity to be better than I was yesterday.

Today’s post was to get you thinking about a pivot, a shift in your self-care during the pandemic. Especially if it involved things that you are no longer able or willing to do like pedis, massages, or the pandemic has negatively effected your finances so you have to find alternative home spa treatments. There are many and you can fully customize them to your liking. Here are some self-care ideas from Shutterfly posted last week. https://www.shutterfly.com/ideas/self-care-tips-during-coronavirus/