Mental Health while in quarantine!
With everyone buying up all the toilet paper, emptying the shelves of food and our job securities at risk it is pretty obvious that our stress levels are at an all-time high. Holding on to whatever normalcy we have can be extremely tough at times but rest assured, there are some things you can do to keep those stress levels at bay!
(alarm clock blasting if your ear)Good Morning sunshine! It is time to get started with your day!
Coffee first… some have minutes, some have seconds. What happens next is private…unless you do it during a work video conference call then that's on you.
-Take a shower, brush your teeth, comb your hair and put on some clothes so you don’t look dishoveled. Put on your normal work clothes. This will help you feel more like you are in your old routine.Believe it or not, slow mornings can lead to a long and sloooooow day!
Plan and execute!By now, some of you are on your way to work or have started work at home. Regardless of where, prioritize your list!Some things you want to include on your list are:
-Take a break every 2-3 hours or less especially if you are quarantined.Your break should include things like going outside for a walk, run or ride a bike. If the weather is beautiful then just feeling the sun on your face can recharge those batteries to help you attack the day!-Video chat with a friend or family member! Or anyone, if you need to vent to someone!Connecting with others helps you feel their support or vice versa you give them the support they need!If you are coping well, reaching out to friends and neighbors can make a significant difference to those struggling.
-Complete a house project while working from home! What boss doesn’t know won’t hurt right? ;)
-Consume News in moderation. It is important to keep informed, but too much information can add to your stress levels. Check-in once daily, then move on to a hobby or project or new show to watch.
-Of course, I will include eating healthy, working out and getting the appropriate amount of sleep but that’s the obvious so touching base on that feels like a waste of time or text in this case.
Lastly, I will leave you with this:
Control what you can because the uncontrollable can take control of you.
Read that again. Not planning your day will only add to your stress.Another good quote is "If you fail to plan, you should plan to fail"
The amount of effort it takes to plan is far less than the amount it takes to catch back up!
Cheers and make it a great day!