Time for a Spring Fling: Slice of Life 24/31 #sol20

Every March, Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life hosts a virtual party for Slicers, and many of us drop by at some point during the month. To fit with the times, this year she is hosting a self-care spring fling.

Here are the three ideas I would share for how to care for yourself right now.

Get a pet. One positive trend during global pandemic quarantine: people are fostering animals. Shelters need foster families, especially with kitten season upon us. My cats bring me so much joy and laughter and cuddles and calm each day. They don’t know there’s a global pandemic on or that the news gets more horrific day by day. They only know they are currently living their best life with their people home so much. Doesn’t your heart just melt when you see this picture? We all need #SupportPets right now.

Try yoga. We’re cooped up inside, and we’re all likely sitting far more than we usually do. Yoga stretches us out, builds strength, and calms our minds. If you’ve never practiced before, I recommend the Yoga with Adriene YouTube channel. I have spent so many hours with Adriene over the years that I feel like she is my personal yoga instructor–mine and several million others! She’s encouraging and goofy and full of wisdom (and so young! How is she so wise and so young?!), and she is an excellent instructor. Each January she offers a 30-day yoga challenge with a new practice each day. Her 30 Days of Yoga is one of my favorites, and the first day is fittingly called Ease into It. Another option for any level is the Down Dog app, free for teachers and students until July 1. And my personal favorite right now is Erik Hinton’s live yoga class from his NYC apartment. It’s usually at 6 pm EST, but follow Erik on Twitter @ErikHinton to find out the daily time. It’s really not for beginners, but if you’ve been practicing for awhile it’s a good one. I find that I like showing up to a live class; it makes me feel more connected, less isolated.

Read a poem. This is a good time to commit to reading a poem every day. You can subscribe to Poem a Day and receive a poem in your email, curated by a different poet each month. Also consider following your favorite contemporary poets on Twitter. Two to get you started: Maggie Smith shares interesting poems and articles, and Ilya Kaminsky shares lines of poetry as tweets throughout the day.

As for party favors, two kittens for each guest did cross my mind (always, always get cats in pairs! You won’t ever regret a sib group, and you and they will be happier if they have a playmate.). But since it seems a bit unwieldy to coordinate kittens for all, I’m going to bring something else you might need: a roll of toilet paper for each guest! I am not quite sure why my mother always buys too much toilet paper, but she does and has for all of my life. And I am now so grateful for those extra packages that I had no idea where to store. We didn’t need to buy any toilet paper at the beginning of this crisis, because we already had a year’s supply. (Ok, exaggerating for effect here, but we did already have a lot.) I am very happy to share so that you, too, can feel TP secure.

What will you be bringing to the party?






15 responses to “Time for a Spring Fling: Slice of Life 24/31 #sol20”

  1. livinglife816287820 Avatar

    Oh it sounds like fun, I so agree with fostering an animal. We have a dog and a cat and they are lifesavers right now, what a wonderful photo that is. I think I would bring some flowers along too!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I was so touched by that article on fostering pets and have loved seeing tweets in my timeline with foster pet joy. A win-win for everyone! Flowers sound so lovely!

  2. paulabourque Avatar

    I love your ideas. My 3 pets are getting so much loving attention right now, my yogi is trying her hand at Zoom classes this week, and I can’t get enough poetry. Thank you for the resources!! This group has certainly helped me feel more connected.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      This group has helped me feel more connected too! Aren’t our pets just the best? I’m over the moon about my cats all of the time but even more so than usual these days!

  3. arjeha Avatar

    Yes to pets. They are a joy at any time but more so in times of uneasiness. When a cat is curled up on your lap and you pet it while it purrs everything is right with the world at that time.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      A lap of cat certainly makes me feel like things are more right with the world. They are a great comfort right now.

  4. margaretsmn Avatar

    Sharing these ideas for self-care is a bright spot in this whole crazy thing. I’m not getting any new pets now, but I am surely comforted and entertained by the ones I have. Yoga for sure! My instructor did a Zoom class yesterday and will again. I am reading and writing poetry every day. Do you know about Laura Shovan’s water poem project? https://laurashovan.com/blog/ My prompt will go up on Friday. Also Poets.org is doing #ShelterinPoems project. It’s getting harder and harder to keep up with all the good things.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Oh how fun to be able to do a Zoom class with your instructor. I haven’t seen Laura Shovan’s poem project yet–will go take a look. I need some new writing ideas to sustain me for the next month.

  5. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar
    Leigh Anne Eck

    Thank you so much for joining the party! I saw that post with the older gentleman and the dog, and it melted my heart! Many people have been mentioning yoga as a self-care idea. I may just have to look into it. Poetry has definitely taken a surge from reading and writing. Wonderful tips you have shared! I am off to add you to my post.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I don’t even like dogs that much, but that picture definitely melted my heart. Did you see graphic novelist Lucy Knisley’s new foster cat, Grayson? Hilarious tweets about him. I’m not convinced that Grayson will be returning to the shelter given how much her family seems to have fallen in love with him! Thanks for inspiring my post today!

  6. glenda funk Avatar
    glenda funk

    We haven’t had to purchase toilet paper either. I’m hoping we don’t need to during the run on it. Love Yoga w/Adrienne and the Down Dog app. Poetry is about all the reading I can handle right now. Love poem a day. Of course, I’m all about the animals. Hero still needs to write her post before month’s end.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Since you don’t need TP, I’ll bring you some pasta!! I have more than I need of that too! I am so struggling with reading right now too. I do my three chapters a day of War and Peace, and a poem or two, and that’s all I can manage. I really miss being lost in a book. And yes, I’d love to hear what Hero has to say for herself this month!

  7. Trina Avatar

    Thank you for writing this. It was great inspiration for me. Poetry has been helpful to me, too. It slows me down and makes me think about what I’m reading and thinking about.

    And I have needed to get back into yoga for a while. Thanks for the links!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      I’m so glad this inspired you today! I’ve been looking forward to writing this post for several days. Yoga is truly saving my body and my mind right now. I’ve never been able to sustain long daily practices, but an hour a day is what I’m needing right now.

      1. Trina Avatar

        I need to get on that! It would be another good and healthy thing for me to do

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