Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Preparing for a "New Normal"

Kia ora everyone,

We are about 24 hours away from going into "Stage 4" isolation in Aotearoa New Zealand to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. This is a strange and unsettling time, but I am doing my best to prepare for our new normal both as a teacher/kaiako and in my personal life. I do not want to talk too much about COVID19 or our impending isolation period, as I am not a medical professional, and honestly, do not keep as up to date with the news as much as I would like (perhaps I will have time to work on this over the next few weeks!) I realize I am not the best source for information, but that source can be found here: https://covid19.govt.nz/

At our school, we encourage our students to blog, to share their learning, to connect with others and to receive feedback, but with everything going on in a term, I find I am not always practicing what I preach, though I have my blog set up. That is not good enough, and I am seeking to change this. As I am preparing for this 'new normal' I have tried to set myself a bit of a schedule so that when times are trying or I am feeling out of sorts, as I anticipate we all will, I have some things to keep me motivated. I read somewhere that it takes 21 days to form a habit through repetition so I hope to use this time in a positive way to add positive habits to my life.

Things I will continue to do: 
- Wake up each morning at a reasonable hour
- Change out of my pajamas, wash my face, brush my hair - it's easy to get lazy when you are just staying home but keeping a routine will help!
- Make myself breakfast and a coffee and consume some media (read a book, listen to a podcast, watch a Youtube video)
- Dedicate time to work whether that is replying to emails, checking in with my students or reading some blog posts
- Go for a walk to get fresh air - while being mindful of the restrictions
- Read each night before bed
- Call and text with friends and whanau
- Do a face mask once weekly #selfcareSunday

New habits I would like to adopt: 
- Writing on this blog as a way to connect, and as some 'self-care' - I enjoy the act of writing
- Try some at home exercises through Youtube - yoga, Zumba, pilates etc.
- Cook some new recipes
- Working on my te reo Māori through an online course
- Reflect on a weekly basis of things I am grateful for

As a fan of history, I realize we are at a crossroads. This worldwide lockdown will be written about in textbooks and learned in schools of the future generation. This is a part of history and I believe the next month or so will be what we make it. While we have a variety of restrictions, we can still carry on our lives as best we can. We need to stay positive and socially connected, while staying physically distant. I hope you feel the same.

Stay strong (kia kaha) and be kind to others!

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