As a compensation consultant we were on the lookout for unintended consequences. that usually meant that an incentive plan actually encouraged individual behavior that benefitted the individual with a bigger bonus and hurt the company. Now in our 4th week of staying at home I'm seeing the positive unintended consequences.
Here at Mariner Sands we used to have the "Mariner wave" that was perfunctory to say the least. Now? Everyone we pass on our walks is waving, smiling and asking how you're doing. All making some kind of social connection and practicing distance.
For years I have thought "I should meditate" and never did much about it. Well now my anxiety level can be high because I'm almost 70 (elderly !@#@@*!*) and I had a heart attack. have found meditating to be a real benefit. Listen to things on the Calm app or on Facebook. Hope this is something I continue.
Stretching is something I do on a daily basis. Yesterday took a yoga class through Silver Sneakers on Facebook. Not that intense but felt like I was part of a community and got my yoga in.
I have scoliosis and recently (well at the end of the year) went back to a yoga teacher for exercises to help strengthen my back. Wasn't that regular in doing them and now that I have the time I'm doing them on a regular basis. Might not help, but it doesn't hurt.
Reaching out and reconnecting with friends via phone and FaceTime. last night over cocktails at our house (brother and wife sitting more than 10 ft away) we got to see their daughter and her little girl. Cutie pie.
I love my glass of wine at night (who am I kidding? it is glasses!) and know it would be better to limit it to one glass/night or none. My anxiety has a plus side in that having wine upsets my stomach so I've skipped it more often and feel much better. Hmmmm? Lesson learned?
Limiting the wine has also seen my weight go down a tad. Not that I needed that. suspect it isn't just the wine it is walking between 20 - 24,000 steps/day. Fletcher is getting a nice long walk in the morning and after dinner
I walk on and off all day and find that getting out in the sun and moving improves my mood 100%.
Getting creative in the kitchen. using what we have to come up with dinners that we really enjoy. And healthy too!
Checking Spark every day and reading amazingly uplifting blogs! Our community has always been positive but this is bringing it to a new level.
Every day brings changes and challenges and I'm confident that we'll meet it.
Have any of you had positive unintended consequences? Would love to hear them.
Stay safe, stay strong, stay home.