Early on in the pandemic I realized how much I missed looking forward to events that mostly involved people or outings. I have had to switch my mindset to anticipating smaller things in life that are also bringing me joy. It sounds silly, but writing, “Go for a walk” on the calendar allows me to anticipate a simple event and enjoy it more.
◾ After finishing a project at work – going outside and listening to the birds for five minutes.
◾ Planning a Zoom call with my college girlfriends.
◾ Involving my 5 year-old in planning to bake a dessert. Decide what we will make, put it on the calendar, and anticipate making it together.
◾ Plan ahead by making a half gallon of chai tea to keep in the fridge. Enjoy it cold or heated up as a snack.
◾ Take a 10 minute walk.
◾ Plan for 20 minutes of yoga.
These are not big things, but just knowing that something fun in coming is really satisfying.