The coronavirus is presenting new and unique challenges. We are navigating massive uncertainty with this virus, making it important to find new ways to work and interact while also taking care of our mental health and well-being.
Many are teleworking full-time for the first time, isolated from co-workers, friends and family. Our daily living routines are disrupted causing added anxiety, stress and strain—physically, mentally, and financially. It is completely natural for this disruption and uncertainty to lead to anxiety and stress.
Now more than ever, we all must take care of our mental health and well-being. As we protect ourselves against potential exposure to the coronavirus, keep in mind that social distancing does not mean social isolation.
Health and wellness
I exercise and stay active:
This is not only good for my physical health, but also my mental health. Periodically, i go walking, stretching, planks or jumping jacks—try whatever works best for you to reduce or alleviate stress and increase endorphins.
I keep a regular schedule for a fitness routine twice a week at least. I do dare going for a run during this windy danish autumn, thus I am back to indoor workout. I do my treadmill, and targeted workout plans, I also join Yoga classes and recently I signed up for pole dancing.
While our favourite gyms and fitness centres maybe closed during this time, many are offering free live streams or app-based workouts for members and the general public, so check online to see what’s available.
I stay social
I keep in touch with family and friends, right now everyone is in need of more love and attention because our emotional vibrations are high. I talk about my fears and concerns with those close to me. I have created this phrase ”Corona achievements” this has helped me focus on the positive side of Corona lockdowns, this means plenty of time in our hands. I use this time for professional and personal growth. So, one of the growth areas has been acquiring new skills like signing up for e-courses and getting certified, or just learning to know and be better
And most importantly I eat healthy balanced meals in moderation.
I stay informed & focused
Knowledge is power, and it’s good to stay updated on progress being made in combating the virus but not just that. In one of my recent and most valuable webinars. Les Brown said – If information was power, everyone would be rich, skinny and happy – this hit me differently. And true as it – most of us don’t put the right information into action. So, i am actively working on this.
I set boundaries on work schedule
When working from home, i try to work during reasonable hours. It can be tempting to work more while you have your work at home, however it can also be taxing on your health, well-being, and you may neglect your relationships. Therefore, i try to stick to a schedule with healthy boundaries.
I distract and redirect
Engage in activities that benefit my well-being, bring you joy and distract you from existing challenges. This might include meditation and yoga, often offered free online. You may also enjoy journaling, reading, art projects, cooking with new recipes, breathing exercises to improve your mindfulness, or listening to a calming podcast or music.
Get creative to stay connected
Share tips with co-workers and friends on what’s working well for you and encourage them to do the same. Come up with new ideas like creative arts, physical challenges, bootcamps, virtual dates, visits and travels, learn new recipes, new language, try beat your own fears, long walks, run, or whatever you decide, just keep it simple and manageable.
What are your tips to staying afloat?